‘I’m not embarrassed, she’s taken responsibility!’: Katie Price’s sister Sophie hits back at troll who questions lenient sentencing after star avoids jail
- The star was given 16-week suspended sentence after crashing while high and drunk
- Katie flipped her BMW on a road near her home in West Sussex on September 28
- On Thursday, Katie said in a statement she is ‘incredibly sorry’ and ‘sincerely grateful nobody was hurt’
Katie Price’s sister Sophie hit back at a troll who asked her if she was ’embarrassed’ by the star’s actions following her court sentencing on Wednesday.
The former glamour model, 43, has been spared jail for flipping her car while drunk, banned and high on drugs after committing her ninth motoring offence.
And Katie’s younger sister defended her after someone questioned ‘Aren’t you embarrassed sometimes?’, according to The Sun.
Standing up: Katie Price’s sister Sophie hit back at a troll who asked her if she was ’embarrassed’ by the star’s actions following her court sentencing (pictured September)
The television personality had uploaded a sweet throwback picture of her son Junior, 16, with a horse and captioned the shot: ‘My beautiful boy Junior @officialjunior_andre’.
In now hidden comments, Sophie, 31, had posted a string of blue heart emojis which prompted a response from a follower who was unimpressed by Katie’s recent antics.
They wrote: ‘Aren’t you embarrassed sometimes?’ and when Sophie queried it, they replied: ‘Her being your sister for one.’
Suspended sentence: The former glamour model, 43, has been spared jail for flipping her car while drunk, banned and high on drugs after committing her ninth motoring offence
Defending her sister: The television personality had uploaded a sweet throwback picture of her son Junior, 16, with a horse when a flurry of comments caused Sophie to hit out
Hitting back, Sophie wrote: ‘No, actually, I’m not embarrassed! I have a sibling who’s taken responsibility for her actions…rightly so, and has been extremely honest and open about her mental health.’
Meanwhile Katie’s Loose Women co-star Nadia Sawalha defended the star on Thursday’s show following the backlash of Katie’s court appearance.
The panellist said: ‘Katie is a good woman who has made some very bad choices. I can understand why people are outraged at this sentence.
‘When you think of people who’ve lost people to drink driving, it must feel personal.
Opinion: Meanwhile Katie’s Loose Women co-star Nadia Sawalha expressed her opinion on the outcome of Katie’s court appearance on Thursday’s show
Speaking out: ‘Addiction, I definitely think it’s a mental health condition and I just don’t think going to prison sorts those out. Katie’s been to rehab, my husband has been to rehab’, she said
‘Addiction, I definitely think it’s a mental health condition and I just don’t think going to prison sorts those out. Katie’s been to rehab, my husband has been to rehab.
‘When you first come out you’re supposed to go 40 days to 40 meetings. The courts could start making that enforceable. You’re going to go into prison, what are you going to do? Are you going to come out a better person? ‘
It comes as Katie released a statement saying she is ‘incredibly sorry’ and ‘sincerely grateful nobody was hurt’.
The former glamour model was told by a judge that she deserved to spend Christmas behind bars after committing her ninth motoring offence.
Wake up call: The former glamour model was told by a judge that she deserved to spend Christmas behind bars (pictured with fiancé Carl Woods)
But she escaped with a suspended prison sentence because she complied with a requirement to attend the The Priory, a £6,800-a-week rehab centre – despite going out shopping while staying at the facility.
In a statement on her Instagram page, Katie issued a grovelling apology and said she ‘realised the damage my actions could have caused’.
She added: ‘I would like to thank my family – my children, my mum, dad, sister, brother, my partner Carl, Leigh, and my friends who have supported me throughout these past few months
‘It’s been a really difficult time and I’m incredibly sorry for my actions – I’m sincerely grateful nobody was hurt – I realise the damage my actions could have caused not only to another family, but to my own as well.
Her side of the story: On Thursday Katie released a statement via her Instagram page in which she apologised for the incident and said she was ‘sincerely grateful nobody was hurt’
Mental health: Katie said she is now working to understand the ‘triggers that cause my anxiety and behaviour’
‘I’m now spending time getting better – mental health is a hidden illness and can strike at any time.
‘The triggers that cause my anxiety and behaviour are something I’m trying to understand, come to terms with, and learn to control moving forward.
‘This will be a long process for myself and something I’ll continue to work on for the rest of my life. It’s also something I can work on with my family so we can progress on a new chapter.’
The crash happened on September 28, with police arresting Katie on the scene before taking her to hospital.
Scary: The star flipped her BMW on its side on a country lane near her home in West Sussex on September 28 at 6.20am
Tests showed the television personality had 66 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly double the legal limit of 35mcg.
She also tested positive for cocaine on a wipe. An image shared by police from the scene showed a car flipped on its side, and after the crash her family expressed concern for her wellbeing.
John Scruby, a trustee of the Campaign Against Drink Driving charity, told MailOnline the sentencing was ‘another case of a celebrity twisting the rules to escape justice’, adding the average person facing drink driving charges ‘cannot afford to go to a £6,000-a-week rehab centre’.
He also accused Price of ‘trying to play the victim’ in a case where ‘she is only a victim of her own stupidity and selfishness’.
Price was handed a 16-week suspended sentence and two-year ban at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Family: Katie pictured with her children last Christmas, with whom she shared an emotional reunion on Wednesday night
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