Thursday 19 July 2018

Lily Allen furious at police over stalker ordeal

Victim: Lily Allen
Victim: Lily Allen

Ryan Wilkinson

Lily Allen said she was made to feel like a "nuisance rather than a victim" by police investigating a stalker as she revealed horrifying details of the seven-year ordeal.

The singer was pursued by a man who barged into her bedroom as she and her children slept, said he wished to stab her through the face and spent nights lurking in her garden.

However, Allen said she was denied the support she expected when she raised her concerns with police.

Investigators destroyed evidence that supported her case, gave her a panic alarm for a matter of months and even refused to allow her to see and then keep a photo of her stalker, she told 'The Observer' newspaper.

The long campaign of harassment has left her "a changed person", Allen said after she finally saw the man convicted.

She said: "It was not special attention I looked for. It was reassurance and validation. The police made me feel like a nuisance, rather than a victim."

The nightmare began in 2009 when a Twitter follower using the handle @lilyallenRIP appeared claiming to have penned one of her hits.

Behind the tweet was Alex Gray, a man in his early 20s from Perth, Scotland who then sent abusive rants, accusations and suicide threats in letters to her flat, her sister's home, her record company, and her management, that were in turn handed to police.

The stalker progressed to banging on her door and spending nights in her back garden, before a terrifying incident on October 13 last year when she awoke in the early hours to find Gray screaming at her in her bedroom.

Gray was forced out of the house by a friend. He was later convicted and will be sentenced next month.

Irish Independent

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