‘Dress that broke the internet’ husband reportedly charged with attempted murder of wife
A Scottish man who was the groom at the 2015 wedding that unleashed the Internet dress on the world has been reportedly charged with the attempted murder of his wife.
Keir Johnston, 38, from the Isle of Colonsay, appeared Monday for a preliminary hearing on the charges in the Scottish High Court in Glasgow, according to The Guardian. Prosecutors allege over nearly 11 years he repeatedly assaulted his wife, Grace, at their home in the Inner Hebrides and, in March 2022, attempted to strangle her, brandished a knife and threatened to kill her, The Guardian reported citing other U.K. news outlets.
Charges against Johnson also include attempting to enter a vehicle his wife was in and striking her through the vehicle’s open window, The Times of London reported.
Johnston denies all charges against him, several outlets reported. The case will have a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial scheduled in 2024.
What’s the story behind ‘the dress that broke the internet?’
From the couple’s wedding emerged “the dress that broke the internet,” which was worn by the mother of the bride. It evolved into a viral sensation after a guest posted a picture of the dress on Tumblr, asking whether people saw the dress as black and blue or white and gold.
The couple, the bride’s mother, Cecelia Bleasdale, and the guest, Caitlin McNeill, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they discussed the incident, and were given $10,000.
When the “internet dress” meme when viral, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift were among the celebrities who chimed in on the craze, People reported.
The Salvation Army of South Africa used the “internet dress” meme to create a public service campaign, CBS News reported at the time, with a bruised woman wearing a white and gold striped version of the dress, asking “Why is so hard to see black and blue?” the … The only illusion is if you think it was her choice,” the ad says. “One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.”