Charlotte Dawson Hospitalised After Twitter Attack

August 30, 2012, 1:00 pm Sarah Grant | WHO Magazine whomagazine

Charlotte Dawson now recovering in a Sydney hospital

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TV host Charlotte Dawson has been hospitalised after being abused by hundreds of Twitter "trolls" overnight.

Now recovering in Sydney's St Vincent hospital, Dawson is "OK but obviously in a fragile state," her management told WHO Magazine.

Attempting to expose the vitriolic nature of Twitter bullying—of which she is a common target— the Australia's Next Top Model judge spoke about her cause on A Current Affair and The Project last night.

Yet her TV appearances only served to incite more vicious abuse from Twitter trolls, with more than 100 followers posting hateful comments telling Dawson to "please hang yourself promptly" and "neck yourself you filthy s***."

The abuse even extended to the perpetrators sending images of blood-soaked dead bodies.

The bullying became too much for Dawson, 46, who Tweeted "Hope this ends the misery" and "You win" on her Twitter account just after 2am this morning. It is understood that a friend of Dawson's called an ambulance to her inner city Sydney home at around 3am.

image courtesy of Twitter

Now recovering in St Vincent's hospital, Dawson is expected to make a full recovery. "She's sitting up in bed and she's in good hands," a spokesperson for the hospital told news.com. "She has asked that her privacy be respected."

Dawson has spoken publicly about her 14-year battle with depression, which she addresses in her upcoming autobiography, Air Kiss and Tell: Memoirs of a Blow-Up Doll, due out in October.

"I am constantly bombarded in blogs, social media, twitter about aging and ugly and all those sort of things that if I said that about somebody, I’d be burnt at the media stake!" Dawson told WHO Magazine in April. "You can’t say that about people, you can’t say how awful they’re looking, how Botoxed they’re looking—but its totally acceptable for me to be sledged in that way."

"I was never taught how to deal with negative emotions, and I swept them under the carpet. I should have dealt with a lot of stuff sooner, but I just didn't know help existed,” she told Marie Claire in 2011 of her regrets over not seeking help sooner.

“I eventually talked to a friend, and then my GP, but there are helplines out there if you need to speak to someone confidentially,” said Dawson. She was prescribed anti-depressant medication, but states in her book that she is now medication free and manages the illness with a healthy diet and exercise.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline - 13 11 14 and www.lifeline.org.au or Beyond Blue at www.beyondblue.org.au.

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  1. Ab09:54pm Wednesday 05th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ms. Dawson is a beautiful lady. I'm sorry she had to sink so low because of all the nastiness. It's a cruel world. I wouldn't twitter with anyone on any subject - period. Enjoy life - not those avoidable issues that will bring you down.

  2. GeorgiaRose04:51pm Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Er, you are seriously clueless Mz Trina S. Depression is very insidious illness and if you don't know what that means then look it up. It grabs a hold of a person before they actually realize what's going on. And NO, logging off is not as easy as some like to think it is especially when they're in a fragile state of mind. And by the way, WHY should people log off if they're being pestered on-line? Why don't the trolls LOG OFF hmmm? In any case, on-one wins. Social media have a responsibility to monitor their social boards in the same way that schools and parents should be monitoring bullies in the school yard. This issue needs to be worked on as a collective and until people start doing that, then cyber bullies are going to keep on doing what they do best.

  3. Roamer12:08am Saturday 01st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Serves the stupid cow right. She doesn't care how she upsets other people. She is getting a dose of her own medicine and can't handle it!! Just a drama queen that will go for attention any way she can get it. Get a life Charlotte and leave every one else's alone.

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  4. Jeremy04:08pm Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's been reported that she left her hospital bed for an interview with 60 minutes. Asking to respect her privacy, then conducting interviews. If she's truly drawing attention to cyber-bullying then her intentions may be admirable. But the whole affair has the whiff of a media stunt, right from the very beginning.

  5. Tech02:17pm Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They break into your pc first - see what your doing - attack - then later send messages when you get back online the next day - knowing you are back on line. It is single point of contact - who then arranges posts from 50 vehicle twitter accounts that match to your followers list. It gets inside your head. They have hundred possibly thousands of these vehicle accounts setup and get bigger everyday. They have created vehicle accounts for some pupose - and a bad element is exploiting this structure - or using it as intended.

  6. Jacqueline08:16pm Thursday 30th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Trina: Newsflash! Depression manifests itself in many different ways and it is not always easy to pick. She might be 46 or whatever but that doesn't mean she was necessarily aware she had the condition, or was diagnosed with the condition early on and therefore didn't get help. There are also issues of stereotypical symptoms (crying all the time, sleeping all the time etc), denial and the fear of being dubbed as "crazy" if help is sought. Till you experience it for yourself in your own way (and I hope that you don't, because it is a horrible condition) don't diss others' experiences of it.

  7. Brett07:25pm Thursday 30th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Easy solved stay off twitter don't read whats said about you. Such a drama queen.

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  8. sallyann07:23pm Thursday 30th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    All the haters out there need to get a life, Charlotte is a Beautiful woman, obviously a lot of people are pretty insecure, Get well Charlotte Ignore all the trolls of the world. there are a lot out there, they only want to make you as miserable as they are.

  9. th ruckus07:23pm Thursday 30th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i am a severely depressed , hence : a troll! Learn to post modern like most grown ups !! 2/10 for making me respond

  10. Mr Pinky07:22pm Thursday 30th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dear Charlotte, I will make those NASTY TROLLS go away ! And I will send you lots of LOVE ! And make it all better ! Yours, "THE BIG ELF"


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