Claire Foy ‘afraid to leave her property’ as stalker avoids arrest

Claire Foy ‘afraid to leave her property’ as stalker avoids arrest

Claire Foy ‘afraid to leave her property’ as stalker avoids arrest

Claire Foy, a star of The Crown, said her freedoms were “slipped” when her stalker evaded arrest.

Jason Penrose, 49, a US citizen, sent the actress more than 1,000 emails, including one referring to rape, and showed up at her door, where he repeatedly rang her doorbell.

He received a protection from stalking order in July and pleaded guilty in November to stalking Foy between August 2021 and February 2022.

He also admitted to two counts of violating an interim order prohibiting stalking by sending a letter and package to the Golden Globe winner, who played the young Queen in the first two seasons of the hit Netflix series.

Penrose was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, at the Old Bailey on Friday and will be repatriated to the US.

Judge David Aaronberg KC said he remains “concerned” that Penrose, a paranoid schizophrenic, “may remain in love with Ms. Foy” despite being repeatedly told she wants no contact from him.

Foy became ‘frightened and suspicious’

The judge said Foy “became scared and suspicious of a posting she didn’t recognize and her doorbell ringing” after the chase.

He added: “She told the police she was scared to leave her property in case you followed her.”

Citing a statement by Ms. Foy, he said: “I feel that the freedoms I enjoyed before Mr. Penrose contacted me are now gone. I see the world in a much more fearful way.”

The judge said there was no record that he was cleared for “lawful entry into the UK” and that he could be deported if he had not voluntarily agreed to return to the US.

Varinder Hayre, prosecutor, had earlier told the court: “Ms Foy was targeted by Mr Penrose in continual, unwanted, fixed and obsessive behavior which was intrusive due to his delusional beliefs”.

The court heard that between August and September 2021 alone, Natalie Day, an employee at Foy’s talent agency, received 287 emails and eight phone messages from Penrose, who initially claimed to be a film producer.

‘Terrified in her own home’

On the night he went to Mrs. Foy, the intercom rang seven times before being answered by his daughter, and Penrose said, “It’s Jason, I’m outside.”

Hayre described some of the emails sent by Penrose, who had also contacted Foy’s sister and ex-boyfriend, were “pretty graphic” and that “she struggles to sleep and is terrified in her own home”.

She said: “He talked about the victim, Mrs Foy, being raped and he wanted her to be his girlfriend.”

Penrose was bearded, wearing an open-collared white shirt and a dark Old Bailey jacket.

Sentencing was postponed last month after the Wood Green Crown Court received a letter, which Penrose denied sending, from someone with an “obsession” with Ms. Foy, who said “probably they’ll write again” to her.

Conditions of Penrose’s suspended sentence include that he must remain under the care of a psychiatrist in the United Kingdom until his repatriation and that he must cooperate fully with his return to the United States. He also received a restraining order.

The court has heard that he will return to Florida to live with his mother and receive further psychiatric care and has been banned from the London boroughs of Camden and Islington except to collect his US passport.

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