Katie Price defends putting disabled son on TV and says she doesn't care about anything else in her career more than online abuse petition

KATIE Price has defended putting her disabled son Harvey in the spotlight and claims that "everyone else" does the same.

The TV personality also revealed how her petition to end online abuse is the proudest achievement of her career.

Appearing on Ireland's The Ray D'Arcy Show, Katie was discussing her recent Parliament appearance to end online abuse when the host asked her why she chooses to put Harvey in the spotlight.

Katie explained: "Why shouldn't I? Everyone else puts their kids up there, just because of my job, i'm proud and especially with Harvey because of his special needs and stuff.

"There's so many women out there, mums and single parents, who don't know how to cope with it or they hide away as if they might be embarrassed or ashamed because they don't want to go out with them because people stare at them."

Katie proudly stated: "I'm not ashamed of Harvey, I love him to bits. I want to show how good he is and how he's come from doctors saying he wouldn't walk, talk, but he does everything and everyone absolutely loves Harvey."


Katie added: "People can knock me all they like but for 25 years, whether I've been a glamour model or not, the best thing for me out of everything is being able to have the power to get that many signatures to be able to go to the government to try and have a law in place to stop online abuse.

"I don't care about anything else in my career, that's important."

The interview came after Katie's Parliament appearance where the mum of five, 39, said creating a new criminal offence was a “no-brainer” and trolls should be charged with a new criminal offence.

She said partially blind and autistic Harvey, 15, had been subject to “horrific” abuse online, but social media providers repeatedly failed to act.

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Katie told a Commons committee: “I went to the police, they were disgusted, they were so good. But then they rang me to say, ‘There’s nothing we can do’ as there’s nothing in place to charge these people.“Since then the abuse is getting worse and worse.”

She added: “I’ve tried my own way of naming a shaming people online, I’ve done everything I can but nothing has he been done to stop it. There needs to be more security checks.”

 

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