Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward broke down today as she was cleared of racially abusing two Jewish men and keeping cocaine in a cigarette box.
Ward, 48, who is married to ex-Premier League footballer Ashley Ward, had been accused of shouting anti-Semitic abuse at Jake Jacobs and his brother Sam at Euston Station.
She was said to have shouted ‘Jewish c***’ before slapping Jake across the face, Inner London Crown Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, heard.
Despite admitting she’d had ‘too much to drink’, Ward insisted she had no idea the brothers, along with Sam’s girlfriend Samantha Eisner, were Jewish and said they were lying.
The celebrity interior designer claimed they had made up the allegations for ‘publicity’ and had been insulting her ‘Botox face’.
Dawn Ward, 48, who is married to ex-Premier League footballer Ashley Ward (pictured), was today cleared of anti-Semitic abuse
Ward was accused of abusing Samantha Eisner and brothers, Jake and Sam Jacobs, at London’s Euston station back in October 2019
Ward, who lives in a £15m mansion in Cheshire, admitted having ‘too many glasses of wine’ at the Ritz with her agent and was ‘giddy’ after completing a five year job.
She said she was in a ‘really good mood’ on the day of the incident as she was due to go on holiday with her family the next day.
Ward said she should have ‘kept her nose out’ but admitted lightly tapping Jake’s cheek after he called her ‘botox face’ and told her: ‘You think you’re it.’
She had sobbed as she insisted she had no idea the brothers, along with Sam’s girlfriend Samantha Eisner, were Jewish.
Ward was allegedly caught with a small quantity of cocaine in a packet of cigarettes in her handbag but she insisted it did not belong to her and must have been left in the packet by a visitor to the house.
She was cleared of two racially and religiously aggravated harassment, causing alarm or distress but the jury is still deliberating on the count of possession of cocaine.
Ward told the court she has been accused of ‘hiding her racism’ by allowing her daughter Taylor Ward to marry and have a child with Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez.
The celebrity also claimed her daughters have been targeted by online trolls in the wake of the case.
Ward told the jury today: ‘Thank you. Thank you so much, thank you from the bottom of my heart’
Ward burst into tears and said ‘thank you’ as the not guilty verdicts were delivered.
The jury of six men and six women, cleared her of the cocaine charge today after considering their verdicts for six hours six minutes.
Ward’s husband, Ashley Ward, who played for Derby County and Barnsley in the Premier League in the 90s, was seated at the back of the court as the two verdicts were announced.
She told reporters outside of court: ‘I am obviously over the moon, relieved. It has been two years of absolute hell for not only me, for the whole family.’
Ward said that her husband had been ‘incredibly supportive’ and her ‘absolute rock’ throughout the ordeal.
She praised her legal team and said that both the judge and jury had been ‘extremely fair’ to her.
Ward had sobbed as she told the court: ‘I don’t see any race, religion, sexuality or anything. I see people as people.’
Ward was said to have shouted ‘Jewish c***’ and ‘you fat p***k’ before slapping Mr Jacobs across the face, Inner London Crown Court heard
Ward said: ‘I had had too much to drink.
‘That’s probably why I stuck my nose in. I was giddy. I was in a good place. I promise you I didn’t have a clue what religion he was.
‘I didn’t know he was Jewish for a start. I had no idea whatsoever. He was saying ‘botox face’ and even then I didn’t even feel angry.
‘He was referring to things about the show and ”you think you’re it”. He mentioned my wealth. I said, ”at least I’m going home first-class”.’
She demonstrated to the jury lightly tapping Jake’s cheek.
‘It was that point when it went from zero to one hundred… He went mad.’
When the cocaine was allegedly found in the pack of cigarettes in her handbag the custody sergeant toid her: ‘Your day is about to get a whole lot f***ing worse.’
But the star claimed the drugs did not belong to her.
Ward, whose daughter Taylor is married to Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, is said to have claimed the conversation at the station was friendly and described the alleged slap as a ‘playful tap on the face’
She said: ‘I stopped smoking seven years before…I smoked very, very occasionally.’
Ward said she hosts parties and charity events and her housekeepers put any leftover cigarettes in a kitchen drawer.
She said she asked the housekeeper to ‘chuck me [her] a packet to fags out the draw’ as she was leaving her house in a rush to catch her train down to London.
Defence barrister Lisa Judge said Ward was handcuffed, arrested unlawfully and ‘carted off’ to a police station.
Ms Judge questioned whether the investigating officer, PC James Springhall, had carried out a proper investigation.
She said Ward has been ‘entirely consistent’ with her explanations and told police she did not need a solicitor because she has nothing to hide.
‘She was handcuffed, arrested unlawfully and carted off to Wembley. She made it quite clear she was claustrophobic and terrified of being put in a police cell.’
Ward said the court case has impacted her family life with her husband and her four children aged 26, 24, 15 and 12.
Asked about the impact of the proceedings on her family, she said it is ‘absolutely devastating’.
‘I’m embarrassed. I’m more embarrassed for the children,’ she said.
‘All of my children have been attacked or abused by trolls,’ she said.
One of her daughters has been accused of being a ‘prostitute’, and other comments include: ‘Rot in hell’ and ‘you should be ashamed’.
Ward had wept as Ms Judge said: ‘It’s been suggested that your daughter is a prostitute because she’s married and had a baby with a Muslim to hide your racism.
She said her children have supported her, saying: ‘We love you as a mum we know the person you are whatever the outcome is.’
The reality star said her youngest daughter told her: ‘If you go to prison mummy let me see you every day.’
Ward, of Warford Hall, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, denied and was cleared of two charges of racially and religiously aggravated harassment, causing alarm or distress and possession of cocaine.
Her home Warford Hall was designed by W. Roberts, dates back to 1867 and is regularly featured on the show.