The 38-year-old actress received 1000 emails in a month from 39-year-old Jason Penrose, who allegedly threatened to rape Foy and went to her house, repeatedly ringing her doorbell.
Foy was reportedly granted a temporary Stalking Protection Order against Penrose earlier this year, and the hearing, which has been adjourned until July 22, was to determine if Penrose will receive a full Stalking Protection Order.
The Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in north London was reportedly told on June 30 London time – overnight Australian time – that Penrose bombarded Foy’s publicist Emma Jackson with emails about raping the actress, and said in the emails he wanted to be her significant other.
Jackson forwarded the emails on to Foy’s agent, who also was sent emails but had blocked Penrose’s – the sender – account.
It was on December 17, 2021, that Foy called the police alleging that after Penrose showed up at her house and rang her doorbell “constantly,” according to court documents.
In February 2022, Foy was, as a result, granted a temporary Stalking Protection Order, which banned Penrose from contacting Foy and her publicist, Jackson, as well as going to their homes, workplaces, or any other location it would reasonably expected they be.
Court documents, cited by multiple media outlets, reportedly reveal the first email sent by Penrose was to Jackson at 9.30pm on November 2, 2021, and said, “I’m sorry I think Claire should not be talking about any personal stuff in media and only creative business because it’s a very…”
After that email, Penrose began sending them to Jackson and Foy’s agent more frequently, and court documents indicate that they also became more graphic.
“The emails Ms Jackson continued to receive were quite graphic and talked about Ms Foy being raped, wh–ing herself out and wanting her to be his girlfriend,” court documents say.
The documents suggest that Penrose “pose[s] a risk associated with stalking” and “there is a reasonable cause to believe the proposed order is necessary to protect another from such a risk.”
While the first email was sent in November 2021, Foy and Jackson initially became aware of Penrose in August and September of that year, respectively, as around that time, Foy’s agent asked the actress about Penrose wanting her to be in a film he was making.
Rosa Bennathan, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Metropolitan Police, reportedly told the court that Penrose also contacted Foy’s sister.
“It is clear an order is necessary. There have been some breaches of the order which are currently being investigated by the police,” Bennathan submitted to the court.
Penrose, who had to ask to be represented by a lawyer at the hearing, could face up to five years in prison if he is charged with and found guilty of breaching the temporary Stalking Protection Order. If a full Stalking Protection Order is granted against Penrose, however, that would be a civil rather than criminal matter.
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