Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has broken her silence after yesterday being cleared of racially abusing two Jewish men and processing cocaine as she took to Instagram to thank ‘all those people who have supported me’.
Speaking of ‘the most traumatic and stressful period’ in her life, Ward said: ‘Anybody who remotely knows me knows I stand for equality of race, religion and sexuality and I will continue to live my life to these values and raise my children to do the same. ‘
Ward, 48, who is married to ex-Premier League footballer Ashley Ward, had been accused of shouting anti-Semitic abuse at Jake Jacobs and his brother Sam at Euston Station.
Dawn Ward, 48, who is married to ex-Premier League footballer Ashley Ward (left), had been accused of shouting anti-Semitic abuse at Jake Jacobs and his brother Sam at Euston Station
She was said to have shouted ‘Jewish c ***’ before slapping Jake across the face, Inner London Crown Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, heard.
Despite admitting she’d had ‘too much to drink’, Ward insisted she had no idea the brothers, along with Sam’s girlfriend Samantha Eisner, were Jewish and said they were lying.
The celebrity interior designer claimed they had made up the allegations for ‘publicity’ and had been insulting her ‘Botox face’.
In the Instagram post thanking her supporters, which has more than 12,700 likes, she said: ‘I don’t believe I will ever truly get over this.
‘The messages of support have honestly helped keep me strong throughout this harrowing ordeal.
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward took to Instagram to thank ‘all those people who have supported me’
‘I have some truly amazing friends and family, of differing race and religions, who have supported me without question and for all of them I will be eternally grateful.
‘I was found not guilty by 12 random conscientious jurors who left no stone unturned in their efforts to deliver justice.’
Her daughter Darby Ward left a comment saying: ‘You’ve been through unnecessary trauma and accusations by press and public! People who don’t know you… We love you endlessly and relived to see rightful justice !!! Onwards and upwards together as a family. ‘
TV star Gemma Collins showed her support for the post with a heart emoji, as did Chloe Patton who said: ‘Sending love.’
Charlotte Dawson and Rachel Lugo – who is also on the Real Housewives of Cheshire – left messages of support as well.
Ashley and his wife Dawn Ward pictured at the High Court together, earlier this week
Ward burst into tears and said ‘thank you’ as the not guilty verdicts were delivered.
She was cleared of two counts racially and religiously aggravated harassment, causing alarm or distress.
The jury of six men and six women, cleared her of the cocaine charge after considering their verdicts for six hours six minutes.
Her husband Ashley Ward, who played for Derby County and Barnsley in the Premier League in the 90s, was seated at the back of the court as the two verdicts were announced.
She told reporters outside of court: ‘I am obviously over the moon, relieved. It has been two years of absolute hell for not only me, for the whole family. ‘
Ward said that her husband had been ‘incredibly supportive’ and her ‘absolute rock’ throughout the ordeal.
She praised her legal team and said that both the judge and jury had been ‘extremely fair’ to her.
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward and her husband Ashley Ward at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London in 2016
Ward had sobbed as she told the court: ‘I don’t see any race, religion, sexuality or anything. I see people as people. ‘
Ward, who lives in a £ 15m mansion in Cheshire, admitted having ‘too many glasses of wine’ at the Ritz with her agent and was ‘giddy’ after completing a five year job.
She said she was in a ‘really good mood’ on the day of the incident as she was due to go on holiday with her family the next day.
Ward said she should have ‘kept her nose out’ but admitted lightly tapping Jake’s cheek after he called her ‘botox face’ and told her: ‘You think you’re it.’
She had sobbed as she insisted she had no idea the brothers, along with Sam’s girlfriend Samantha Eisner, were Jewish.
Ward was also allegedly caught with a small quantity of cocaine in a packet of cigarettes in her handbag but she insisted it did not belong to her and must have been left in the packet by a visitor to the house.
She was cleared of all charges.