Claudia Webbe: MP made danger to send out nudes of lady, court hears

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Claudia Webbe: MP made danger to send out nudes of lady, court hears

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image caption Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Claudia Webbe utilized a misogynistic insult versus Michelle Merritt and threatened her with acid

An MP threatened to send out naked images of a female to her household since she was envious of her relationship with her partner, a court has actually heard.

Claudia Webbe, 56, likewise apparently utilized a misogynistic insult versus Michelle Merritt and threatened her with acid.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Ms Webbe, who is an independent MP for Leicester East after being suspended by the Labour Celebration, remained in a relationship with Lester Thomas at the time.

She rejects one charge of harassment.

The dangers were made throughout 16 telephone call in between 1 September 2018 and 26 April in 2015, the court heard.

” The factor for the harassment would seem the reality that Michelle Merritt was good friends with Lester Thomas and this was a concern for the accused Claudia Webbe,” district attorney Susannah Stevens stated.

She stated Ms Webbe made a string of brief quiet call from a kept number to Ms Merritt, who informed the court she had actually understood Mr Thomas for more than 15 years and was “buddies” with him, having actually formerly dated.

‘ Must be acid’

Ms Merritt, offering proof from behind a screen, stated: “There was a pattern that whenever I had actually even met Lester Thomas, if we had actually gone out for a beverage or something, there would be a telephone call.

” When you are being called and no-one responses, it’s unnerving, specifically as a female who lives alone.”

The court heard the harassment “intensified” on Mom’s Day, 31 March 2019, when the MP asked Ms Merritt about her relationship with Mr Thomas.

Ms Merritt stated Ms Webbe informed her she was “Lester’s sweetheart” and after that “actually begun screaming, ‘Why are you calling Lester?'”

” She was really, extremely upset at me. It was loud,” Ms Merritt included.

The 59- year-old stated Ms Webbe utilized a misogynistic insult, including Ms Merritt “must be acid”.

” She verified she understood where I lived and would send out photos and videos to my children,” Ms Merritt stated.

Ms Webbe – who went into the Commons in December 2019 and worked as a councillor in Islington in between 2010 and 2018 – rejects making any such risks.

Ms Merritt informed the court she called authorities, stating: “I have actually been threatened by a public figure with acid over the phone.”

Ms Webbe was cautioned by officers in April 2019, however magistrates heard claims she continued to make more calls to the plaintiff – who tape-recorded one after calling her back on 25 April in 2015.

In the call, played in court, Ms Webbe is heard consistently informing Ms Merritt to “leave my relationship”, including “I have actually seen all of your naked images. I will reveal them all of your images”.

Paul Hynes QC, representing Ms Webbe, recommended his customer called Ms Merritt to inform her she and Mr Thomas ought to not be breaking Covid-19 lockdown guidelines together from completion of March.

Nevertheless, the plaintiff stated Ms Webbe did not ask her about breaking lockdown guidelines.

Mr Hynes stated: “You have performed a little project versus Ms Webbe, have not you, since for whatever factor you didn’t like the reality she remained in a relationship with Lester Thomas?”

” You are inaccurate,” Ms Merritt stated.

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