Charlotte Dawson Insists Suicide Attempt After Twitter Bullying Was Not A Publicity Stunt

03 September 2012

Charlotte Dawson has opened up about her Twitter bullying experience, which saw her hospitalised last week.

The TV personality became heavily involved in a Twitter argument last week, in which she singled out the person abusing her and contacted the woman's employer.

After speaking out about the incident on television she was subsequently bullied and threatened online by Twitter trolls.

As a result of the relentless threats, Charlotte was hospitalised on Thursday, and self-harm is speculated to have been involved.

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In the wake of the scandal Charlotte has been under fire for reading the threats, and there has been the suggestion that she should have turned off Twitter and ignored the messages.

Charlotte has now revealed she felt the threat was very real, and it wasn't as simple as turning off a computer.

"I have felt that because I am quite public, and because people know where I am and what I do, that my safety could be in danger. Because these tweets are very serious," Charlotte revealed to 60 minutes last night.

Charlotte revealed that she regularly received online abuse based on her appearance and age, but she was "not used to an entire campaign of being told to kill myself."

60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown asked, "So your actions were an attempt on your life, they weren't a publicity stunt, they weren't an attempt to sell your book, they weren't an attempt to seek sympathy?"

Charlotte replied, "I understand why you're asking that question... I don't find it an insulting question but if I was doing some publicity stunt I would choose probably a little bit of a different time, I would probably be sitting here in front of you with full hair and makeup, you know, looking all glamorous and going 'poor me, poor me'. I'm not saying that at all."

"People need to be extremely responsible if they can be when they're online, to encourage people to end their lives, because big old tough Charlotte, even big old opinionated tough Charlotte can sometimes be punched down too.

"And as I said, I was, and they won. And I'm happy to talk to you about that. At my peril."

Tara clarified, "So the aim was to die?"

Charlotte confirmed, "I believe so. I was very drunk. But I was extremely distraught. It just triggered that feeling of helplessness and yeah, they got to me. They got the better of me. And they won."

The Australia's Next Top Model judge is now taking a break from Twitter, and has contacted the police about tracking down the people who threatened her online.

If you need support or information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline - 13 11 14 and www.lifeline.org.au, Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467 and Suicide Line (Victoria only) - 1300 651 251.


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