Lily Allen accuses Met of 'victim-shaming' after speaking out on stalking case


Lily Allen has accused the police of "victim-shaming" her after she spoke out about being dissatisfied with their response to her stalking case.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, the singer read out an email she had received from a Met officer who said that the "high-profile" nature of her claims could discourage other victims from coming forward.

Lily Allen
Lily Allen has accused the Met police of "victim-shaming" (Yui Mok/PA)

She told presenter Kirsty Wark: "I think it's victim-shaming and victim-blaming."

Lily, 30, revealed her seven-year ordeal at the hands of stalker Alex Gray, also 30, in an interview with The Observer on Sunday where she detailed the time he had burst into her home while she and her children were sleeping, had threatened to stab her through the face and spent nights hiding in her garden.

She claimed that investigators had treated her as a "nuisance rather than a victim", had destroyed evidence that supported her case, taken away a panic alarm after a few months and even refused to allow her to see and then keep a photo of her stalker.

After the interview, the mother-of-two said she received an email from a Met officer wanting to "understand what - if anything - went wrong during the investigation" while suggesting her response would dissuade other victims from reporting stalkers.

Lily Allen
Alex Gray broke into singer Lily's home while she was sleeping (Mark Runnacles/PA)

It read: "As you know there have been press reports suggesting you were dissatisfied with the response you received.

"Further, due to the high-profile of this matter, I fear other victims of similar crimes have read the story and now may not have the confidence in us to support such matters.

"As such, it is really important I can understand what - if anything -went wrong during the investigation.

"I was saddened to hear of this report, I would like to heard your views on what we could do better."

Alex was charged with burglary after he broke into Lily's bedroom in October last year while she was sleeping and screamed at her before stealing her handbag.

Harrow Crown Court
Alex Gray was charged at Harrow Crown Court (Yui Mok/PA)

He was also charged with harassment after she hired her own lawyer to pursue the matter, although the stalking count reportedly did not cover anything before 2015.

He was convicted at Harrow Crown Court this month and will be sentenced in May.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they take stalking and harassment "extremely seriously".

Lily's full interview will be broadcast on BBC Newsnight at 22.30 on BBC Two and available later on BBC iPlayer.