'I Was Terrified': Lily Allen Reveals Details Of Her Seven Year Stalker Hell
The life of a celebrity may look like fun and games, but all too often the rich and famous find themselves hiding from obsessive stalkers who make their existence a living hell.
Lily Allen is one in a long line of many, recently revealing details about a man who stalked her for seven years. It begin back in 2009 when he created the @lilyallenRIP Twitter handle, which he used to allege that he had written her song called 'The Fear'.
The man sent a barrage of offensive tweets and letters to Lily and her management team, as well as approaching the singer's assistant, who described the man as 'frightening'. Lily then proceeded to install security cameras in her home.
But last October, the 30-year-old forgot to lock her back door. A friend of Lily's was staying in the house at the time along with Lily's two children, Ethel, three, and Marnie, two. In the middle of the night, Lily was woken by a loud bang,
I sat up and looked and the door handle was twisting round.
This guy came steaming in and I didn't know who he was. I recoiled and he ripped the duvet off, calling me a 'f***ing bitch' and yelling about where his dad is.
While Lily went to check on her children, her friend managed to remove the man from the house. Lily believes that her stalker had a knife concealed in his jacket,
There was this second outside my kids' room when I was terrified to go in, in case of what I might find.
Lily has also criticised the police's handling of her individual case and accuses them of treating her like a 'nuisance not a victim', claiming that they only became involved after her handbag had been stolen by the man,
This was something that started in 2009 with a tweet and ended in 2015 with him in my house and, I believe, with a weapon.
I'm lucky in that I had the money and the motivation to take action myself. I want answers from the police. If they treat me like this, how the hell are they going to treat everyone else?
The Metropolitan Police said, "Stalking and harassment are intrusive and disturbing offences which can have an extremely distressing impact on the victim. They are offences that the Metropolitan Police takes extremely seriously.
"We deal with around 20,000 allegations of harassment each year, a small percentage of which are allegations of stalking.
"The victim should be at the heart of any investigation into such allegations and kept informed of developments as this work progresses. If this is not the case then we are keen to speak to victims and learn any lessons we can to improve our investigations."