The Crown star Claire Foy thought an American stalker would kill her and her daughter after he bombarded her with emails and showed up at her home, a court heard.
ason Penrose, 49, sent the public to Foy’s Emma Jackson over 1,000 explicit emails, including one that mentioned rape between February 19, 2021 and February 7, 2022.
Ms Foy was horrified when Penrose showed up at her home on December 17 last year and repeatedly rang her doorbell, Thames Magistrates court heard.
Now, she sleeps at night and has even begged her film industry colleagues not to tag her in the photos in case Penrose uses them to track her movements.
Prosecutor Varinder Hayre, said: “Miss Foy was targeted by Penrose in a protracted, unwanted, fixed and obsessive behavior that was intrusive due to his delusional beliefs.
“Mr Penrose has stated that she is romantically interested in him and that he believes she would want to star in a movie that he plans to make.”
Penrose launched a “consistent follow-up campaign,” sending thousands of emails, eight call center messages, and to the star’s home.
At night, he went to Miss Foy’s address, the intercom at the door was answered by her daughter, and Penrose said, “It’s Jason, I’m out.”
His behavior left the actress “really scared for her safety and scared and helpless in her own home”.
Penrose initially contacted Ms. Foy through an agent and poster claiming to be the film’s producer.
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He said he was a screenwriter with a $20 million contract with Warner Brothers Studio and wanted Ms. Foy to act in his sci-fi film.
Penrose also tried to contact Ms. Foy on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Ms Hayre described some of the emails sent by Penrose as “pretty graphic”.
She said: “He talked about the victim Miss Foy was raped and wanted her to be his girlfriend.
“There are photographs of Mr. Penrose himself in various hotels and locations in Camden.”
Penrose also contacted Foy’s sister via email and her ex-boyfriend by text message.
“Miss Foy was terrified because she didn’t know what his intentions were. Mr. Hayre said.
“She was scared when she knew he was out there somewhere.”
The follow-up has “seriously affected her life and peace of mind”.
“’She had trouble sleeping and was extremely scared to be in her own home. She feels like the freedoms before Mr. Penrose contacted her are now gone,” added Mr. Hayre.
Ms Foy even asked her friends not to tag or picture her in photos at social events for fear Mr Penrose might track her whereabouts.
In a letter to the court, Ms Foy said: “His relentless attempts to contact me were traumatic. Every time I think this is sorted, it is not.
“I feel like nothing can stop him from being able to contact me, he has influenced every aspect of my life.”
The actress played the Queen in the first two series of Netflix’s hit show The Crown and has won a Golden Globe, two Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She was granted a temporary protective order under observation earlier this year, but despite that order, Penrose sent her another letter and a parcel from the hospital where he was being treated, the court said. judge.
District Judge Michael Oliver previously imposed a five-year protective order against Penrose in July after the actress raised “major concern due to the nature of the communications”.
Wearing a white shirt and brown cap, Penrose appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with stalking in connection with a state of alarm or serious distress – which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, under the Harassment Protection Act of 1997.
He also admitted to twice violating a stalking protective order.
Penrose was accompanied by NHS staff and gave his address as Whittington Hospital in north London.
He was released on pre-sentence bail on November 28 at Wood Green Crown Court.
District Judge William Nelson said: “I consider this offense to have exceeded the threshold of authority this court has to apply the sentence.
“I agree to the prosecution that starts with two years and six months in prison.
“The persistent behavior has created very serious distress, a lot of psychological harm and has forced Ms Foy to make significant changes to her lifestyle.”
The judge warned Penrose he could face “a long prison sentence”.
Penrose, originally from the United States, was released on conditional bail.
He must turn over his passport to police, do not apply for a passport, live and sleep as directed by Islington NHS Trust, must not have direct or indirect contact with Mrs Foy or visit an address he knows or believes is Mrs. Foy’s address.
From the dock, Penrose said, “I’m not interested in that.”
A medical report and criminal record were requested prior to his prison sentence.
Moira MacFarlane, the defense said: ‘It was perjured in papers that he threatened Ms Foy with rape and that was never the case. He’s alluding to rape.”
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