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An MP threatened to send naked pictures of a woman to her family because she was jealous of the friendship she had with her partner, a court has heard. Claudia Webbe, 56, also allegedly used a misogynistic insult against Michelle Merritt and threatened her with acid. The threats were made during 16 phone calls between 1 September and 26 April last year, the court heard.
She said Ms Webbe made a string of short silent phone calls from a withheld to Ms Merritt, who told the court she had known Mr Thomas for more than 15 years and was "good friends" with him, having ly dated. Ms Merritt, giving evidence from behind a screen, said: "There was a pattern that whenever I had even met with Lester Thomas, if we had gone out for a drink or something, there would be a phone call.
Ms Merritt said Ms Webbe told her she was "Lester's girlfriend" and then "really started shouting, 'Why are you contacting Lester? It was loud," Ms Merritt added. The year-old said Ms Webbe used a misogynistic insult, adding Ms Merritt "should be acid". Ms Webbe - who entered the Commons in December and worked as a councillor in Islington between and - denies making any such threats. Ms Merritt told the court she called police, saying: "I have been threatened by a public figure with acid over the phone.
Ms Webbe was warned by officers in Aprilbut magistrates heard claims she continued to make further calls to the complainant - who recorded one after ringing her back on 25 April last year. In the call, played in court, Ms Webbe is heard repeatedly telling Ms Merritt to "get out of my relationship", adding "I have seen all of your naked pictures.
I will show them all of your pictures". Ms Webbe, from Islington, north London, denied that she ever threatened Ms Merritt and denied ever deliberately making silent phone calls from a withheld. She said she was aware Ms Merritt was friends with her partner but "didn't have any concerns" about their relationship, adding: "I was not jealous. Talking about the accusation that she made a misogynistic insult against Ms Merritt and threatened her with acid during a phone call on Mother's Dayshe said: "I don't use expletives, I would never treat women like that.
Ms Webbe said she had received a phone call from police following Ms Merritt's complaint but said it was unclear, and that she had not been "warned off any further contact".
She claimed the recorded phone call which was played in court was taken out of context, and was about an argument with Mr Thomas over breaching the Covid lockdown with Ms Merritt. I listened to the tape earlier. I'm embarrassed by it.
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Claudia Webbe: MP made threat to send nudes of woman, court hears