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Stephen Fry Offers to Pay for Twitterer Who Jokes About Blowing Airport

November 13, 2010 (3:44 am) GMT
Convicted Paul Chambers missed his flight on a snowy day and wrote on his Twitter account that he planned to blow Robin Hood Airport.

British actor has offered to pay legal bills for a fellow Twitter.com user who was fined for joking about blowing up an airport in a post on the microblogging site. Paul Chambers hit the headlines in his native England earlier this year when he was arrested for writing a message on the site threatening to blow Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, northern England "sky high" after snowy conditions closed the building and he missed a flight.

He was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication and Fry, famous for his love of Twitter, was outraged by the conviction - especially as Chambers insisted the post was meant as a joke. Chambers lost an appeal earlier this month and the judge ordered him to pay $4,500 worth of legal costs, but Fry has now offered to pay the fine out of his own pocket.

He writes, "Paul J Chambers. My offer still stands. Whatever they fine you, I'll pay."

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