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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 17°C
Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Rosanna Davison at the High Court last week.
# Rosanna vs Ryanair
Verdict expected in Rosanna Davison defamation case against Ryanair
The former Miss World claims that the airline defamed her in a press release following comments she made about its charity calendar in 2008.

A VERDICT IS expected later today in the case involving former Miss World Rosanna Davison in which she claims she was defamed by a Ryanair press release.

The judge in the High Court case, Justice Éamon de Valera sent the jury of eight men and four women home yesterday while he hard legal submissions in their absence.

A verdict is now expected at some point later today.

The 27-year-old model is seeking damages from Ryanair, claiming that the airline issued a press release in 2008 which portrayed her as a racist.

The press release was issued after Davison made comments to the Irish Independent in which she said she “would have made sure” Irish models appeared in a Ryanair charity calender in 2009.

Responding to the comments, Ryanair said that Davison’s remarks bordered on “bordered on racism and demonstrated an elitist attitude against Ryanair’s international cabin crew”.

Ryanair have refused to apologise for the press release and described it as a fair comment saying it described not Davison herself but her comments.

Davison claims the comments portrayed her as “racist, xenophobic, elitist and jealous.”

Previously: Rosanna v Ryanair – Former Miss World in court over racism claims >