Tommy Robinson smiles as he arrives in court for a contempt hearing after declaring bankruptcy when he was ordered to pay £43,000 in damages to a Syrian teenager
- Robinson arrived at the High Court today surrounded by three men filming him
- Comes after he failed to appear in the same court last month over unpaid legal bills
- He was ordered to pay costs after losing a defamation case against a Syrian teenager last year
- EDL founder declared bankruptcy, but was ordered to court to explain his finances
- He failed to show up for the March hearing and was ordered to appear in court today
Tommy Robinson smiled as he arrived in court for a contempt hearing today after he declared bankruptcy when he was ordered to pay £43,000 in damages to a Syrian teenager.
Robinson, 39, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was due to appear in the same court on March 22 for unpaid legal fees after losing a defamation case brought against him by Jamal Hijazi last year.
But he failed to appear for the hearing and the case was referred to a High Court judge, who ordered the founder of the English Defense League to appear in court today.
Robinson was pictured arriving at court wearing a gray overcoat over a black t-shire with gray jeans and was surrounded by three tall men – two of whom appeared to be filming him as he smiled at the photographers.
In the subpoena issued last month, Judge Nicklin said Robinson considered “a prima facie case of contempt of court to be made out.”
Tommy Robinson (pictured) arriving at the Royal Courts Of Justice in London, to appear for a contempt of court hearing today
Two men appeared to be filming the English Defense League founder on their phones as he walked into court
He was surrounded by three men, one of whom was vaping and the other two appeared to be filming him
Robinson smiled at photographers as he headed to the High Court to face potential contempt of court action after failing to appear for a hearing in March
He warned that Robinson could be arrested if he does not appear in court today.
The hearing comes after Robinson was successfully prosecuted by Mr Hijazi after the 15-year-old was assaulted at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in October 2018.
In a short video of the incident, which received nearly a million views, Robinson claimed in two Facebook videos that Mr Hijazi was ‘not innocent and violently attacks young English girls at his school “.
Justice Nicklin found the claims to be false following a trial.
After a preliminary hearing for the defamation case in November 2020, Robinson was ordered to pay over £43,000 in court costs.
But he declared bankruptcy four months later, which the court has since heard was released.
In February, lawyers for Mr Hijazi successfully sought an order requiring Robinson to return to the High Court to answer questions about his finances.
Ian Helme, representing the teenager, told the court there was information “that what is stated in his bankruptcy petition is not a full account of (Robinson’s) assets”.
It came after Robinson was jailed after being found in contempt of court when he filmed men accused of sexually exploiting young girls and live-streaming the footage to Facebook, in violation of a ban on report, at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.
He was jailed for 13 months after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast, but served two months in prison before being released after the contempt conviction was overturned by the Court of call in August 2018.
The case was then referred to the Attorney General and he was imprisoned again in July 2019.