Janet Street-Porter defends Katie Price she must have felt desperately low
Janet Street-Porter has vowed that she will "not condemn" Katie Price who she described as a "troubled woman".
The 74-year-old Loose Women panelist – who is the mum-of-five's former on-screen co-star – spoke out to defend Katie's good nature and character after she'd appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Her appearance followed a one-vehicle crash close to her home in Sussex on Tuesday morning.
Price pleaded guilty to three charges and was warned she could face jail after admitting to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and driving while unfit to drive through drink.
In her Daily Mail column, TV regular Janet wanted to reiterate how "lucky" Katie had been "to be alive" after rolling her car in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Delving into the "topsy-turvy world of Katie P", she set out to remind folk of all the heartache that has followed the former glamour model in recent times.
She said: "In spite of everything, I can't condemn this troubled woman, it's too easy to sneer.
"Katie Price deserves our love and our sympathy. God knows, when I first met her on the set of Loose Women, I couldn't believe the entourage, the sycophants and the flotsam that surround her.
"She's like a ring master in a circus: the Katie Price Show. But beneath the mouthiness, the ghastly fake hair and the ever-changing breasts, the huge improbably white teeth and the garish synthetic clothing, lurks an incredibly lovely, caring, sweet person."
Reality TV star Katie appeared before the court wearing a pink tracksuit and open-toe fluffy slippers.
Her solicitor, Joe Harrington, said that Price had "a lot of personal problems recently".
He added: "Currently she is in the process of bankruptcy proceedings, so her house may be repossessed.
"So, quite a lot going on in this lady’s life, a really difficult period."
Katie was told that her sentence would be deferred on the condition that she attended treatment at the Priory Centre – along with not committing any other offences.
Chair of the bench Julie Hutton warned Price: "We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.”
She was also banned from driving in the interim and told she must also engage with the probation service so a report can be prepared.
Ms Hutton told her: "On that basis, Ms Price, you are free to go and good luck at the Priory."
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