A British court ruled on Tuesday that the man who threw a milkshake at Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, will have to pay him compensation for his suit cleaning.
Paul Crowther assaulted Farage on May 20th with a milkshake during a campaign tour for the Brexit Party in Newcastle, England. Crowther was immediately arrested by authorities and then fired from his job as a technical adviser for the telecoms company Sky.
Crowther pleaded guilty on Tuesday to common assault and criminal damage.
After he pleaded guilty, Judge Bernard Begley ruled that the defendant would pay Farage £350($438) to cover damages to Farage’s suit and a lapel microphone. Crowther will also have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
Begley told Crowther, “This was an act of crass stupidity.”
“While members of the public have the democratic right to engage in peaceful protest, it is wholly appropriate to bring charges in any case where such protests cross the line into criminal behavior,” said Chris Atkinson of the crown prosecution service. “In an open democracy, people should be free to conduct legitimate political campaigns without fear of physical assault.”
Farage condemned the attack on Twitter directly after it occurred:
Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.
For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 20, 2019
Fortunately for Crowther, he may not have to pay the full £350 from his own pocket. A Gofundme page entitled, “Get Paul Crowther his milkshake money back” has already raised £1,705.
The trend of assaulting conservative right-wing politicians with milkshakes has gained popularity in the United States since the incident. Just a few weeks ago Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz had a milkshake thrown at him as he left a town hall in Pensacola, Florida. (RELATED: ‘Milkshaking’ Crosses The Pond, Matt Gaetz Gets Doused In Pensacola)
Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola pic.twitter.com/yqz3bPgjw5
— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 1, 2019
Many prominent left wing advocates, including Carlos Maza of Vox, have openly called for physically assaulting conservatives with milkshakes following Farage’s milkshake attack.
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 21, 2019
Despite the physical violence Farage faced on the campaign trail, his Brexit Party had a surprising victory in the European Parliamentary elections. The Brexit Party won 32% of the vote and 28 MEPs earning itself the position as one of Britain’s foremost political parties.