‘Australia’s Next Top Model’ judge Charlotte Dawson opens up about suicide attempt
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‘Australia’s Next Top Model’ judge Charlotte Dawson opens up about suicide attempt

Sydney : Australia | Sep 02, 2012 at 8:38 AM PDT
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46-year-old Charlotte Dawson has revealed it was the flood of abuse and death threats she received on Twitter that landed her in hospital on Thursday.

The “Australia’s Next Top Model” judge, who was hospitalized after paramedics arrived at her Sydney residence early Thursday, told “60 Minutes” that she tried to commit suicide to escape the incessant cyber-bullying on her Twitter page.

Speaking for the first time about the stream of abuse she received on Twitter Wednesday night, Charlotte Dawson said, "I've never had death threats of this ferocity. I've never had a campaign of this ferocity.''

"It just triggered that feeling of helplessness when the trolls got to me,'' Dawson said in the interview, adding, "They got the better of me and they won.''

Reportedly, the TV presenter attended a Waterford Crystal party with friends in Darlinghurst, where she socialized with other celebrities. However, when she returned to her apartment, she was welcomed by a barrage of death threats and insults on Twitter, including taunts like "stick your head in a toaster'' and "kill yourself."

Dawson said the abuse went on and the ferocity of the messages finally broke her. She left a message that said "you win'' on her Twitter page along with a picture of a hand holding pills at 2:07 a.m. reportedly. Just after three, a friend of the star called an ambulance, which arrived at the former model’s home and rushed her to St. Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst.

According to reports, cyber bullies launched a hate campaign against Charlotte Dawson after she tracked down Monash University employee Tanya Heti following a series of tweets, including "go hang yourself,” on her Twitter page. Dawson complained to the university and Heti was suspended from her job as administrator, after which the stream of hate messages began.

The Herald-Sun reported that she was the target of an organized Twitter campaign just hours after making a television appearance in which she thrashed online bullying. In an attempt to put the vicious attack to an end, the defiant anti-bullying advocate decided to take her own life.

After spending two days at St. Vincent's Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre, Dawson was released yesterday. During her stay, she was not allowed to engage in social media to avoid further harassment.

The Kiwi-born and Sydney-based star was also advised not to give an interview to “60 Minutes”, but she said that she wanted to discuss online bullying and send a message to the trolls. "If you're going to express those points of view, you should do it with a face and a name so you can be accountable,'' Dawson said.

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