KATIE Price's former Loose Women co-stars have refused to slam her after she escaped jail this week.
Panelists on the ITV show today discussed 43-year-old Katie's 16 week suspended sentence following a booze and drug-fuelled car crash earlier this year.
Jane Moore opened the conversation, saying: "It’s very difficult to talk about an individual, and we know Katie, I’m not gonna sit in judgment."
Responding, Nadia Sawalha said: "We know Katie and, as far as I’m concerned, Katie is a very good woman who’s made bad choices." Before Jane added: "And done some bad things."
Nadia attempted to defend Katie's actions by saying: "Like all of us." But Jane quickly said: "Well, not like all of us. We have to be clear. Six driving bans…"
But Nadia explained what she meant, replying: "No, that’s what I’m saying. I can understand why people are outraged with this sentence, I absolutely can. When you think of people who have lost people through drunk driving, it must almost feel personal to them.
"But I just don’t believe that the way to deal with addiction – and people have very different ideas about addiction – I definitely think it’s a mental health condition when you have addiction problems. And I just don’t think going to prison sorts those out."
A passer-by rescued Katie from the wreckage of her BMW X5 on the B2135 at Partridge Green, West Sussex — three miles from her home — at 6am on September 28.
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She was found slumped in the passenger seat by the man, who smashed the window and dragged her to safety.
Katie was nearly twice the drink-drive limit and told cops “I don’t care” when her cocaine swab test came back positive.
She told officers at the scene: “I am guilty. I had alcohol. I took drugs. I should not be driving. I admit it all.”
Nadia, 57, reference her husband Mark Adderley's time in rehab during the conversation about Katie, who spent time in The Priory this year.
She said: "When you first come out your supposed to go 40 days to 40 meetings.
"I think that the courts could start now – not just with Katie – making that enforceable, that you have to go to 100 meetings or a year’s worth of meetings, and really tough community service."
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