Who is Corrine Priest? 'Les Misérables' actress says cops 'ghosted' her after stalker called her a 'posh c**t'
A woman has accused police of not taking her allegations of a male stranger threatening her seriously after she reported it, even though she had video evidence. Corrine Priest's accusation on Monday, March 15, comes amid growing calls for more to be done by governments across the world to address violence against women.
Priest accused the Metropolitan Police of "ghosting her" after officers failed to track down a suspect who harassed her as she walked home alone. The West End actress was followed and harassed by a man after she complained to her mother on the phone about people not wearing face masks on the tube. Video footage shows the man calling her a "posh c**t" and a "sl*t" as she walked home from Hendon Tube Station in London last November.
Priest lodged a complaint against the suspect, giving officers his name, telephone number and even footage of his appearance on a television dating show, but four months after the incident, Priest claimed that Scotland Yard ignored her and failed to "take this kind of thing seriously". Her comments come amid fury over the force’s handling of a vigil held on Saturday, March 13, evening for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.
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Who is Corrine Priest?
Priest is currently training at the London School of Musical Theatre. She received the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Award at the Garrick Theatre in May 2014. She also recorded the critically acclaimed one-woman song-cycle 'Heart of Winter', available on iTunes and Spotify.
Priest made her professional debut in 'GOD' at London Theatre Workshop to rave reviews. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown in 2020, Corrine was performing in venues all across the country as a Swing in the UK touring production of 'Les Misérables', following which she made her West End debut in the concert production at the Sondheim Theatre. 'Les Misérables' is the world's longest-running musical show.
She has starred as Lucy in 'Can’t Stop It' (The Other Palace); Lucy in 'Ushers: The Front of House Musical' (Edinburgh Fringe and Arts Theatre), Ghost of Christmas Past in 'A Christmas Carol' (Blackpool Opera House), Sondheim’s 85th Birthday Gala (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Amy Thomas in 'Girlfriends' (Union Theatre).
Priest is now campaigning to combat violence against women. LBC quoted her in an interview. "Campaigner Corrine Priest insists that men 'have the power to do something' to combat violence against women, suggesting that 'by saying nothing' it allows dangerous behavior to fester," they tweeted.
The incident, which occurred on November 6, 2020, was shot on video by Priest. In it, she is seen filming herself as she is pursued by the man, who says, "You're a dirty little f**king life." Speaking to the camera, Priest says: "Someone is filming me, he is following me. I don't know what to do."
She then turns to him and says, "I don't want any trouble, I don't want any trouble." to which the man shouts at her and tells her to apologize, which she does. Still following her, the man continues to say, "You said some guy wearing a mask, did you say it or not? You didn't directly do it to me no?" to which Priest retorts: "No I did not, not to you, no I promise I don't want any trouble."
Trigger warning ⚠️ Just got harassed, threatened and followed home because I told my Mum on the phone that people aren’t wearing masks on the tube. These narcissistic men will continue to do this & it is dangerous. I am upset for us. Outside Hendon tube. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/CoObAlJs9K— Corrine Priest (@CorrinePriest) November 6, 2020
"I ain't threatening you yeah, but I've got people yeah if you want to mouth off like some rude girl," says the man, to which Priest explains that she was speaking to her mum on the phone and that she'd really appreciate if he didn't follow her because she finds it quite intimidating. The stranger says: "Intimidating yeah? I am an intimidating person." Priest continued, "And you called me a posh sl*t and a c**t that's unacceptable."
The two continue to have a back and forth on whether the actress' comments were directed at the man for not wearing a mask, as she repeatedly tells him they were not.
The man adds: "I've got two other sisters. I would never touch a girl, but it doesn't mean I can't f**king say what's on my mind. Watch yourself yeah and don't behave like that." The argument continues as Priest retorts: "You and your friend coming to beat me up?", to which the man responds, "We can easily do that right now."
"I just hope that with all this time to reflect on the evils in this world: racism, prejudice, misogyny, homo/transphobia, patriarchy, classism, climate change... we return to society as more empathetic listeners, aware of our own privileges and overall fight the good fight as allies," Priest said, talking about the incident on Twitter.
"I want to live in a world where I don’t have to look over my shoulder from experience of harassment, where my validation is not based on my appearance & where the media in this country learn that their attacks drive people to death & CHANGE! #HappyInternationalWomensDay #IWD2021," she said in a Women's Day tweet.
My words last night on @LBC with @_NatashaDevon. https://t.co/OUPRXYyoAZ— Corrine Priest (@CorrinePriest) March 14, 2021
I just hope that with all this time to reflect on the evils in this world: racism, prejudice, misogyny, homo/transphobia, patriarchy, classism, climate change..we return to society as more empathetic listeners, aware of our own privileges & overall fight the good fight as allies.— Corrine Priest (@CorrinePriest) March 12, 2021
I want to live in a world where I don’t have to look over my shoulder from experience of harassment, where my validation is not based on my appearance & where the media in this country learn that their attacks drive people to death & CHANGE! #HappyInternationalWomensDay #IWD2021— Corrine Priest (@CorrinePriest) March 8, 2021