The paper had described him as a “racist comedian” and claimed he was “forced to quit” the BBC show Mock the Week.

During the five-day trial, jurors were shown clips of Boyle’s jokes from his Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights and the BBC’s Mock the Week. It took just under three hours for them to find in Boyle’s favour.

The Scottish comedian told the court he used racial language in jokes to make a point about society and ostracise other people’s racist attitudes reports The Guardian.

Mirror Group Newspapers argued that the “racist comedian” description in its article, published on 19 July 2011, was either true or honest comment.

Several witnesses, including Boyle’s manager and the former production editor of Mock the Week, appeared as witnesses in the case in support of the comedian.

Boyle posted on Twitter: “I’m very happy with the jury’s decision and their unanimous rejection of the Mirror’s allegation that I am a racist. Racism is still a very serious problem in society which is why I’ve made a point of always being anti-racist in my life and work and that’s why I brought this action.”

He has also said he will donate the damages money to charity.


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