Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just 15 Minutes for Jury to Clear Photographer of Abuse Charges

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just 15 Minutes for Jury to Clear Photographer of Abuse Charges

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Byline: Tom Harper

A CELBRITY photographer has spoken of her "immense relief" after being cleared of racially abusing a pregnant Muslim woman in a supermarket.

Cinnamon Heathcote-Drury was accused of shoving the woman to the floor and calling her a terrorist during a row at a Tesco's in Kensington last November.

She was also alleged to have branded the hijab-wearing woman's family "suicide bombers" and said: "I'm a British citizen. I don't know where you came from."

The 41-year-old burst into tears as she was unanimously cleared by a jury at Isleworth crown court. She said: "I am delighted the jury took just 15 minutes to clear me of these baseless and abhorrent charges. It has been extremely tough to have this hanging over me for the past eight months. Naturally I am immensely relieved it is finally over."

Ms Heathcoate-Drury, who has 11 works hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, including pictures of Mayor Boris Johnson and Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, had always denied the charge and claimed she was the one who was attacked. …

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