Singer Rachel Crowe who appeared as the ‘unexpected star’ on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show was stalked and assaulted by her ex James Hall on the same day she appeared on the BBC1 show.
Rachel, 26, said she was “living in fear” of her jealous ex boyfriend after he harassed her following her TV appearance in January.
On January 12, James, 25, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, approached Rachel in a bar and followed her to her car where he grabbed her by the arm and, after she managed to get into her car, he attempted to rip her wing mirror off and jumped on the bonnet as she attempted to leave.
Hall also hounded her with 250 emails over three days from different addresses and on another occasion arrived at her house in the early hours banging on her front door begging her to take him back.
The trained opera singer said in a statement to police: “I feel scared and afraid to leave my house. I’m afraid of coming across the defendant whilst I’m out because of these incidents.
“He can be angry and aggressive. He could hurt me. I find his behaviour intimidating and worrying. I am a singer, I am worried he could turn up as I’m working, which is what has happened on previous occasions.”
The Sun reports that Hall pleaded guilty to assault by beating and stalking of Rachel at Manchester Magistrates Court. He was handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 24 months.
Hall was also ordered to pay £200 costs, complete a two-year community order and engage in a “building better relationships” programme.
He was also made the subject of a restraining order for five years, which prohibits him from making any contact with Rachel or attending her address.
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Sentencing Deputy District Judge Thomas Moran said: “You have clearly got a problem with relationships and you have come close to receiving a prison sentence judging by the way you pursued your former partner who is clearly terrified of you.
“I order for there to be no compensation offered – that is the last thing she is interested in.
“What she wants you to do is leave her alone, if you don’t you will find yourself back here and going to prison.”
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