Claire Foy ‘scared to leave her property’ as stalker avoids jail

Claire Foy ‘scared to leave her property’ as stalker avoids jail

Claire Foy, a star of The Crown, said her freedoms were “gone” when her stalker avoided jail.

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

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

He also admitted two counts of violating a provisional stalking injunction by sending a letter and package to the Golden Globe winner, who played the young Queen in the first two series 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 United States.

Judge David Aaronberg KC said he remains “concerned” that Penrose, a paranoid schizophrenic, “may continue to have an infatuation with Ms Foy”, despite being told repeatedly that he wants no contact with him.

Foy has become ‘scared and suspicious’

The judge said Ms Foy “got scared and suspicious of the post she doesn’t recognize and the front door bell ringing” in the aftermath of the harassment.

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

Citing a statement from Ms Foy, she said: “I feel like 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 is no record that he was allowed to “enter the UK lawfully” and that he could be deported if he had not voluntarily agreed to return to the US.

Varinder Hayre, the prosecutor, had previously told the court: “Ms Foy has been targeted by Mr Penrose in sustained, unwanted, haunting and obsessive behavior that was intrusive due to her delusional beliefs.”

The court heard that between August and September 2021 alone, Natalie Day, an employee of Ms 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 she went to Mrs Foy’s address, the door intercom rang seven times before her daughter answered, and Penrose said, “It’s Jason, I’m outside.”

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

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

Penrose had a beard, wore an open-necked white shirt and a dark jacket at the Old Bailey.

The sentence was stayed last month after Wood Green Crown Court received a letter, which Penrose denied sending, from someone with an “obsession” with Foy who said they “will probably write to him again on occasion”.

The conditions of Penrose’s suspended sentence include that he must remain under the care of a psychiatrist in the UK until his repatriation and that he must fully cooperate with his return to the United States. She was also served with a restraining order.

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

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