Charlotte Dawson says outing the trolls will bring closure.
Charlotte Dawson has defended her decision to appear on prime time television tonight to expose alleged social media "trolls", saying she is looking for "closure".
PS understands among those being "outed" tonight is a 20-year-old named Jordan who has told friends in recent days that he was followed by a private investigator and then confronted at his workplace by Dawson and a news crew from Seven News.
Dawson, 46, says she has no reason to stay out of the limelight following her August suicide attempt, sparked by a barrage of abuse, mostly anonymous, on Twitter, where Dawson is a regular combatant.
Dawson, who has suffered from depression for 12 years, is continuing ongoing psychiatric treatment as well as her social media activities, despite attracting yet more criticism in recent days.
‘‘Who are they, or you for that matter, to tell me what to do? Are you a mental health expert? No. So they can all f***k off,’’ an emotionally raw Dawson told PS this morning when asked why she would appear on Seven News at such a sensitive time in her treatment.
Tonight’s report claims to ‘‘out’’ social media trolls, but will not expose the most damning individuals who recently targetted Dawson.
‘‘So because I have a mental illness I should disappear and hide? Ever since I went into hospital, all I have heard and read about is people telling me what they think I should do,’’ Dawson fumed to PS.
‘‘I did the story with Seven for a sense of closure and ownership. The message is that if you want that freedom of speech and you want to lash out at people, well, you can be easily traced and if someone wants to find you, they can.’’
However, Dawson admitted she had not been involved in the research behind the story, but rather was being used as the person who confronted the alleged trolls on camera.
The alleged "trolls" featured in Seven’s report tonight ‘‘were easily traceable’’, according to Dawson, who has thrown herself into a busy media schedule since she was rushed to St Vincents Emergency Care Unit seven weeks ago. Within hours of being admitted for psychiatric treatment she was being interviewed by 60 Minutes about the ordeal, only to be later readmitted for care.
A fortnight later, the launch of her revealing biography was accompanied by an intense promotional campaign, but she again came under attack after hosting a red carpet fashion critique of the Brownlow Awards. She was among a panel of fashion ‘‘experts’’ passing judgment on footballers' wives and girlfriends' outfits.
Dawson confirmed she was taking legal action against the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne, which was critical of her involvement in the Brownlow coverage.
The Herald Sun is the sister newspaper of The Daily Telegraph, which had enlisted Dawson as the face of its anti-trolling campaign in the days leading up to the Brownlow incident.
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