Monday 29 May 2017

Linda Martin calls in gardai after fake tweeter starts row with Sinead O’Connor

A bogus twitterer, claiming to be Linda Martin, has been sending tweets to various celebrities, including Sinead O'Connor
A bogus twitterer, claiming to be Linda Martin, has been sending tweets to various celebrities, including Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

POPULAR stage and TV star Linda Martin has reported an imposter on Twitter to gardai.

The Eurovision winner spoke last night of how she was "shocked" and "horrified" after the impersonator slighted model Georgia Salpa and provoked a furious row with controversial singer Sinead O'Connor.

But in a statement last night, Ms Martin said: "It has just come to my attention that there is an unofficial Twitter account set up under the name of Lindamartinrte. Someone is unofficially tweeting as Linda Martin.

"I have never set up a Twitter account nor do I intend to. None of the views, opinions or statements expressed on this Twitter account are mine. The references to Sinead O'Connor, Georgia Salpa and anyone else are not mine.

"I am both shocked and horrified that someone would do this. The matter is now with the gardai," she added.

Sanity

Online since December 13, the bogus twitterer began by sending tweets to RTE news presenter Bryan Dobson and 'Fade Street' star and DJ, CC Cavanagh. But the imposter provoked the fury of singer Sinead O'Connor by seeming to offer her "help" after her recent marriage split from fourth husband Barry Herridge.

"We've been through it all and back again and stayed close, I do be worried you've gone off the rails, fame does that, I'd know x," tweeted the bogus Ms Martin on December 30.

However, Ms O'Connor, unaware it was not the real Ms Martin, replied: "Would u ever shove your RTE attitude to what is 'sanity' where it belongs. She's calling it 'help' but it's actually abuse."

The fake Ms Martin replied: "It's not my marriage which ended in the blink of the eye, it's no wonder your (sic) still single with that attitude Sinead."

Following more messages, and emails from the same source to her private email account, Ms O'Connor tweeted yesterday to claim to have "woke up to more abuse from Linda Martin".

"It's the RTE make-up department. It messes up the presenter's heads.

"The awful orange foundation. The lip-liner. It's hell in there. The 1970s orange foundation turns the presenters' minds boring," she wrote.

Neither Ms Martin nor Ms O'Connor were available for comment last night. RTE also declined to comment on the fake account.

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