Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward is on trial after accusing two Jewish brothers of anti-Semitism – she denies racially aggravated willful harassment and possession of cocaine
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward sobbed as she told a courtroom she “doesn’t watch races”.
As her trial resumed today, the reality star told jurors she had “no idea” that the two men she accused of anti-Semitism were Jewish.
Ward also tearfully claimed that online trolls targeted her daughters after the court case.
The TV personality, who is married to former Premier League footballer Ashley Ward, said she has been accused of “hiding her racism” by allowing her daughter Taylor Ward to marry and have a child with the Manchester City star to get Riyad Mahrez.
Testifying at her trial this afternoon, she denied calling brothers Jake and Sam Jacobs “Jewish c***s” in October 2019.
The 48-year-old said in court: “I don’t see anyone’s race, religion or anything like that. I see people as people.”
The court was also told that a small packet of cocaine was found in a pack of cigarettes in Ward’s purse – but she denied knowing about the drugs, claiming they were left over from a party at her home.
She said her housekeepers would put packs of cigarettes in an “oven mitt” after parties, and she had asked her to put one of the packs in her bag before heading to London.
Ward denies racially aggravated willful harassment and possession of cocaine.
Inner London Crown Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, was told the Jacobs brothers were standing at a customer service point at London’s Euston station asking why trains were delayed when Ward approached them.
Ward reportedly said, “Why do you always complain?” and then yelled “Jewish shit.”
The reality star admitted to having “too many glasses of wine” at the Ritz with her agent before arriving in Euston to catch the train home.
She told jurors she was in a “dizzy mood” having just completed a five-year job and was going on vacation with her family the next morning.
Ward said: “Jake Jacobs raised his voice to the customer service lady. He only moaned.
“I stupidly stuck my nose in it and was like, ‘Fuck it, leave her alone, it’s not her fault, we’re all in the same boat.’
“I should have just stuck my nose out. To be honest, I had no idea what religion he belonged to. It didn’t even occur to me. He was talking about my botox face and throwing insults.
“He referenced things about the show and said, ‘You think it’s you.’ He said: ‘What gives you the right to tell me what to do, who do you think you are? ‘ and he mentioned my wealth.”
Ward then made a tapping gesture on the underside of her jaw to indicate how she’d touched Jake Jacobs and said she told him, “At least I’m going home first class.”
She added: “He went from zero to 100 at the time.
“He said, ‘Watch what I’m doing now’.”
Ward was also asked about a small bag of cocaine found in a packet of cigarettes in her purse.
She denied knowing it was there, claiming her housekeepers placed packets of cigarettes found at her home after charity events in oven mitts.
Ward told jurors: “I do a lot of fundraisers at the house, a lot of parties throughout the year. When the parties are over, my housekeepers clean up all the cigarettes and stuff them into oven mitts.
“I would only ever have one cigarette when I go to London. Then I might have a cigarette with a glass of wine. I didn’t actually have any that day.
“As I left my house, I said, ‘Can you throw us a pack of cigarettes out of the drawer?'”
She said she didn’t open the pack to smoke a cigarette all day because she was too busy.
She added: “I told my husband afterwards that I went to the airport with the same pack of cigarettes in my pocket and that’s where I was arrested.”
When asked why there would be drugs in a pack of cigarettes from a charity event, Ward said, “I don’t know.”
Prosecutor Gregory Wedge asked Ward if she “lied” to the jury when she said the group fabricated the allegations and said she behaved “aggressively, violently and racistly.”
Ward got teary and said, “No.”
Mr Wedge added that housekeeper Ward, who is named in her testimony for putting the packet of cigarettes in her purse, has since left her job.
He said: “This is exactly the person you say you got rid of.
She said: “This has nothing to do with the incident. We left it amicably.”
Regarding the impact on her family, Ward said: “I was really concerned about telling my youngest. She replied: ‘If you go to jail, will they let me see you every day?’ Which was pretty annoying.
“She said, ‘I already knew because someone sent me a direct message saying, ‘Your mom is a crackhead,’ but she said, ‘Don’t worry, I know your head isn’t cracked.’ “
Ward also said she received messages including “red on light” and “You should be ashamed” after news of the charges against her reached the press.
Lisa Judge, defending Ward, said: “It has been suggested that your daughter is a prostitute, she is married and having a baby with a Muslim to hide your racism.”
The mother-of-four said: “It’s awful. It’s bad enough for me, but the biggest part for me is when they tell the girls.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/real-housewives-dawn-ward-sobs-26532871 Real Housewives' Dawn Ward sobs as she says in court she 'sees no race'