Frankie Boyle is seeking compensation from the Daily Mirror on the grounds of libel
, it has emerged.
The comedian has today (October 15th) begun legal action in a case being heard at London's High Court after the newspaper published an article labelling him a "racist".
Boyle - a renowned stand-up comic who also used to be a regular guest on TV panel show Mock the Week - took exception to the publication of a piece by the media
group that began with the line 'Racist comedian Frankie Boyle'.
Barrister David Sherborne told the High Court that even though Mirror Group Newspapers is challenging Boyle's claims, it is "obviously defamatory" to brand someone a racist.
Mr Sherborne explained that Boyle does not object to being criticised for his "deliberately challenging" comedy style, but added: "You can call him 'offensive', you can call him 'tasteless'. That's fine. But he is not racist."
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