Constance Briscoe and Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell
The mother of a high-flying barrister has lost her libel case over a book in which her daughter accused her of child abuse.
Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, 74, claimed Constance Briscoe, one of the first black women to sit as a judge in Britain, had written a ‘piece of fiction’ in her best-selling memoir, Ugly.
She sued part-time judge Ms Briscoe, 51, and publishers Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, who brought out her memoir in January 2006.
Both denied libel and said the book was substantially true.
During an emotional 10-day hearing at London’s High Court, Ms Briscoe told Mr Justice Tugendhat and a jury her mother repeatedly beat her with a stick for bed-wetting, called her a ‘dirty little whore’ and drove her to attempt suicide by drinking bleach. Continue Reading….
I’ve read ‘Ugly’ and it is extremely harrowing in parts.
Constance’s mother/abuser Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell was clearly a sadistic, vile, mean spirited lunatic, who now chooses to live in denial. I wish you the best of luck with that Carmen!
Congratulations to Constance for winning this case.