Denmark’s highest court ruled on Thursday that Kristin Hanson is not entitled to compensation for money she has spent on a defamation suit against a man accused of fabricating a story about her.
The ruling by the Copenhagen High Court of Appeal came in a case filed by Hansen in August, accusing the man of defamation.
The case is now before the European Court of Human Rights.
A lawyer representing Hansen said the ruling was not a judgment about whether the man is guilty of defamation but rather whether he was entitled to compensatory damages under Danish law.
The lawyer, Christoffer Knutson, said Hansen was entitled in law to compensation because she had spent more than £200,000 ($250,000) to defend herself in defamation proceedings against the man, and because her name appeared on an article about him in an online newspaper.
Knutson said the Danish defamation law does not provide for compensation in cases where a defendant is “not entitled to receive the compensation” provided by the law.
“If you are not entitled, then there is no law that allows you to seek compensation,” he told a news conference in Copenhagen.
“In other words, you cannot get compensation.”
The case centres on an interview that Hanson gave to Danish newspaper Aftenposten about a case against her, which the paper published in December, in which she said the man was a liar and that she had no idea who was telling the story.
The man, Lars Jensen, denies any wrongdoing.