Ferne McCann has apologized to acid attack victim Sophie Hall after claiming leaked voice messages online were “manipulated and edited”.
The reality TV star, 32, said she felt she had “no choice” but to deal with audio messages in which she allegedly called Mrs Hall ugly and stupid.
In a statement released on Instagram, she wrote: “I know that people will have some questions about voice messages that were placed in the public domain and sent by me.
“Most importantly, I would like to apologize to all the victims of Arthur Collins’s heinous acts in 2017 that they had to relive that night and the pain that followed over this matter once again. in the public domain.
“I especially want to apologize to Sophie Hall. I don’t believe she’s ugly or stupid. She was brave beyond belief.
“Arthur Collins’ crimes have created real victims so I’m not trying to portray myself as a victim.”
The TV star who appeared on The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) said she could not explain the details because there were “important and important” legal proceedings preventing her from “setting the record right at this stage”. “.
The statement added: “What I can say is that the voice messages being released have been manipulated; edited and taken completely out of context.
“Even so, I will say things that are not true and I do not believe – but I do so to protect my family and myself from serious harm and from serious threats.”
ITV has resumed broadcasting Ferne McCann: First Time Mum after Essex Police confirmed it was investigating the first allegations of leaked voice messages.
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A statement from Essex Police said: “We are investigating a report of malicious communication sent to us in Brentwood on Thursday 29 September.
“We have spoken to the victim, a woman in her 30s, and our investigations are ongoing.”
McCann has a 5-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in December 2017 for carrying out an acid attack in a crowded nightclub.
16 people suffered chemical burns and 3 were temporarily blinded in the attack.
Earlier this year, she announced her engagement to real estate developer Lorri Haines.
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