West End actress Corinne Priest has shared videos of her being followed by a man and sworn at after she complained about people not wearing masks on the tube.
Corinne, who starred in Les Misérables, says she was called a ‘posh c***’ and a ‘s***’ as she walked home from Hendon Tube station in London on Friday.
She claims a man started shouting abuse at her after hearing her speak on the phone to her mum about the lack of people wearing face coverings on public transport in the captial.
It has been mandatory for people to wear a mask on tubes, buses and trains since June 15 with first-time offenders facing a £200 fine – unless they are exempt for medical reasons.
Taking to Twitter, Corinne shared a video of her walking down the street filming as a man walked close by and called her a ‘dirty little f***ing liar’.
Corrine stops to tell the man: “I don’t want any trouble. I don’t want any trouble.”
Sharing the exchange online, Corrine wrote: “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,” she told her 5136 followers.
The theatre star said that the man proceeded to follow her and threatened that he could ‘get someone to beat her up.’
Sharing a second video, she said: “This is moments later when he turned around & proceeded to follow me. I hung up on my Mum when he said “you do realise I’m getting someone to beat you up right now” so I thought, I better film this incase(?!!) I hate how scared how I was. I had to be submissive for my safety. 2/3.”
In the footage Corinne, who was wearing a face mask, told the camera: “Someone is filming me, he’s following me. I don’t know what to do.”
The man can be heard saying: “The world is my oyster. I can do whatever the f*** I want.
“No one tells me what to do. I was rude because you were rude, it’s as simple as that.”
He also told Corinne to ‘apologise now’ after believing she was talking about him on the phone, to which Corinne said she was sorry.
After sharing the footage, Corrine said: “It is not ok that this s**t happens. It happened because I am a woman & I was alone. He walked away thinking he taught me a lesson, & without apologising. He is reported. I feel it’s my responsibility to share Idk just stay safe everyone, there are some odd people out there 3/3.”
Corinne later returned to Twitter after posting the thread to thank people for the support she had received.
She added: “Let us not forget and I cannot stress this enough that I am just one case of thousands of women who go through this on a daily basis. ‘I am one person who happened to get it on camera and decided to post it knowing I’d get trolls (lol) who knows if it was the right thing to do but I felt a responsibility. to spread awareness. And I’m glad I did. He did it because I was a woman; he did it because I was alone.
“To the brave people that have shared their stories, I see you, I hear you and I’m sorry. I stand in solidarity with you. Do not allow these types of men to break your confidence.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said: “Police received an online report on Friday, 6 November.
“A woman aged in her 20s reported that she had been harassed and threatened by a man near Hendon tube station at around 13:50hrs that afternoon.
“There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”