Friday 21 October 2016

Tallafornia star Phil Penny claims life being made miserable by 'deranged' female stalker

Eugene Masterson

Published 28/08/2015 | 11:38

Phil Penny
Phil Penny

TV star Phil Penny claims his life has been made a misery by a crazed female stalker following him around and also pestering him with late night phone calls.

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The 29-year-old star of Tallafornia is now threatening to go to the Gardai over the harassment and maintains he cannot change his phone number as he needs to keep it for work reasons.

“It was a year and a half ago I started getting phone calls,” explains Phil.

“It was always late at night, 12.30 am or 1am, and you’re obviously going to answer to see who it is.

“It was always the same woman and she would be like ‘I’ve seen you out tonight in town’”.

Phil says he has no idea how the woman got his number.

“I asked her a few times how she got it and she said it’s none of your business’,” he points out.

“I asked her why she was ringing me all the times and she said ‘I’d like to go on a date with you, I’ve seen you out a few times, I’d love to go on a date with you’.

“I said ‘look I don’t know what you look like, I’ve never seen you even though you claimed to have seen me, I don’t appreciate these phone calls at 1.30am, 2am in the morning’”.

But the calls still kept and when they were blocked Phil always suspected it was her.

“She then started getting crazy, telling me she knew where I lived, that she wanted to have a kid with me,” he complains. “It was quite disturbing sometimes.

“About a month ago I was in town shopping with a friend and was about to go for a drink when I got a call from a blocked number and it was her going ‘nice shirt Phil, you look great in it’.

“I started getting freaked out that now she was actually following me.”

He adds: “Then she called me again that night and started crying on the phone to me then and said ‘I don’t understand why you don’t ever want to meet up with me’. I said ‘well you said you saw me earlier, why didn’t you walk up and say ‘hello’, you could have just walked up’.

“She said ‘but I’m in love with you’. I said ‘are you on Facebook, I can see what you look like’. She said ‘no I’m not on Facebook’.

“I said ‘well how do you expect me to meet up with you and go on a date with you if I don’t even know what you look like’. I said ‘I can’t be dealing with your calls anymore’”.

Phil, who is from Tallaght, is now actually afraid of coming face to face with her as he says she has now become “deranged”.

“I’d need to have someone with me just in case, “ he stresses.

“But if she was in any way good looking I think she would have tried to have shown me what she looks like.

“I had the same thing about two years ago with a catfish. She would constantly refuse to meet me saying her granddad was in a car crash or she had come down with the flu.”

Phil says he has now had enough.

“I’m now tempted to go to the Guards as it’s harassment,” he moans.  She would ring at least three times a week. She sounds in her early 20s.

“I can’t really change my number as I need it for both business and personal reasons.”

Phil says he is single at the moment as “I’ve no time for women.

“I do personal training and I’m also now working full time during the day in an insurance company,” he explains.

“People have sneered at me that ‘you’ve never going to get a job because you’re in Tallafornia, it’s a trash TV show, no one’s ever going to take you seriously’. But I’ve now got a job and they’re the ones whore proved wrong.

“I recently got a BMW so that’s another thing they can put in their pipe and smoke.”

Phil, who first shot to fame when Tallafornia hit Irish TV screens nearly four years ago, was also a part time stripper.

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