Keir Johnston, 'The Dress' Viral Fame, Pleads Guilty to Violently Assaulting Wife

Keir Johnston, who gained fame for sharing the viral "Dress" photo, has pleaded guilty to endangering his wife's life and attempting to strangle her. He has been remanded in custody until his sentence, scheduled for June 6, after admitting to the "terrifying" attack on his wife.

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Keir Johnston, 'The Dress' Viral Fame, Pleads Guilty to Violently Assaulting Wife

Keir Johnston, 'The Dress' Viral Fame, Pleads Guilty to Violently Assaulting Wife

Keir Johnston, the 38-year-old Scotsman who gained international fame in 2015 for sharing the viral "Dress" photo, has pleaded guilty to endangering his wife's life and attempting to strangle her. On Thursday, at the High Court in Glasgow, Johnston admitted to carrying out a "terrifying" attack on his wife, Grace Johnston, at their home on the Isle of Colonsay, off the west coast of Scotland.

Why this matters: This case highlights the alarming prevalence of domestic violence and the need for increased support and resources for victims, particularly in isolated areas like the Isle of Colonsay. It also raises questions about the accountability of public figures and the potential consequences of their actions on their personal and professional lives.

According to prosecutors, Grace lived in fear for her life and suffered domestic abuse for a long time. On the day of the attack, Johnston woke up and said he was going to leave her. When Grace tried to stop him, he pinned her to the ground, placed both knees on her arms, and began strangling her with both hands. "She was initially able to scream and feared for her life, believing Johnston intended to kill her," said Chris Macintosh, representing the Crown.

Johnston has been remanded in custody until his sentence, scheduled for June 6. Lady Drummond, the judge, denied him bail, stating, "I have no need to tell you that this is a serious and violent offence... You repeatedly strangled her, injured her, and put her life in danger in what must have been absolutely terrifying circumstances for her."

Johnston's internet fame began in 2015 when a guest uploaded a photo of his mother-in-law's dress from their wedding, sparking a global debate over its true colors (black and blue or white and gold). The couple even appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, receiving $10,000 and a trip to Grenada.

News outlet The Daily Record first broke the news of Johnston's long history of domestic violence. The attack on his wife has highlighted the lack of police presence on the Isle of Colonsay, where the couple lived, making it difficult for Grace to seek help. The severity of the attack has raised concerns about the couple's current relationship status, with uncertainties surrounding whether they have parted ways following this episode.

Key Takeaways

  • Keir Johnston, 38, pleaded guilty to endangering his wife's life and attempting to strangle her.
  • The attack occurred at their home on the Isle of Colonsay, off Scotland's west coast.
  • Johnston's wife, Grace, lived in fear of her life and suffered domestic abuse for a long time.
  • Johnston has been remanded in custody until his sentence on June 6.
  • The case highlights the need for increased support for domestic violence victims, especially in isolated areas.