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Baby Reindeer fans shocked by ‘surreal’ Piers Morgan interview

Fiona Harvey on Piers Morgan Uncensored
Fiona Harvey appeared on Piers Morgan’s Uncensored this evening (Photo: Piers Morgan Uncensored)

Netflix has well and truly outdone itself this time around, as Richard Gadd’s drama Baby Reindeer – based on his real-life experience with a stalker – has just taken a sinister turn in the real world.

Fiona Harvey, who is believed to be the inspiration for stalker Martha – who harasses, sexually assaults and physically abuses comedian Gadd in the series – appeared on Piers Morgan’s Uncensored in a revealing interview about her so-called portrayal on the show. .

The Scottish lawyer, 58, was hoping to set the record straight after internet sleuths tracked her down online, believing she was the “real Martha”.

The 34-year-old writer and actor Gadd begged online sleuths to leave the “real Martha” alone, but to no avail.

Harvey is reportedly considering legal action over his portrayal in the hit series, which Gadd admits is based on a true story.

Chatting to broadcaster Morgan, 59, on tonight’s Uncensored, Harvey said she thinks Gadd is “obsessed” with her and denies even watching the show and most of Martha’s actions.

Pier Morgan
Piers quizzed her on being the ‘real Martha’ from Baby Reindeer (Picture: Piers Morgan uncensored)

Harvey said she had only known Gadd for a few months and called Baby Reindeer “sick” and a “misogynist.”

“It’s been horrible,” she said. “It’s a work of fiction, hyperbole, and there are two true facts in that he is Richard Gadd and that he was a bartender.”

Recalling the moment she met him – which she said was 10 or 12 years ago – Harvey said: “He didn’t offer me a cup of tea. I was going to have a meal with a glass of lemonade. I’m diabetic, so I was very hungry.

She said Gadd “commandeered” the conversation she was having with another bartender, adding: “He seemed to be obsessed with me from that point on.”

Harvey admitted she had a reindeer toy, but “categorically” denied it ever appeared outside her house, as shown in the series.

Asked about the 41,000 emails, she said: “It’s just not true. Absolutely not. None of this is true. I don’t think I sent him anything. There may have been a few emails.

Fiona Harvey on Piers Morgan Uncensored
The interview was explosive (Photo: Piers Morgan uncensored)

She admitted to tweeting Gadd about 18 times and didn’t understand Piers’ question about Martha in Baby Reindeer signing “sent from my iPhone” – apparently pretending to own one.

However, Harvey said she had six email addresses and multiple phones.

Harvey, who claims to have a photographic memory, also denied sexually assaulting Gadd, assaulting his girlfriend or throwing at him across a bar – something Martha did on the show.

When asked if she had ever been in love with Gadd, Harvey said no. She also claimed that Gadd asked her to have sex with him with a “big green spot on his face” and that he said, “Would I like my curtains fixed?” »

Harvey then claimed that she had “pushed him away.”

Morgan asked Harvey what her message to Gadd was, to which she replied: “Please leave me alone, get a life, get a real job.” I am horrified by what you did.

Viewers turned to X saying how surreal it was for Baby Reindeer to infiltrate real television.

‘OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! The interview so far is surreal!!!’ said @neetal4u, while others called it “weird.”

Earlier in the day, Harvey said she felt “used” by Morgan looking back on the interview.

Harvey told the Daily Record: “I have my own thoughts about it which I’d like to keep to myself, but I wouldn’t say I was happy. It was very quick to try to trip me. He did it at a fast pace to catch me off guard.

She claims Morgan asked her about sending 41,000 emails to Gadd during ten minutes of the interview.

She defended herself by saying that even if the emails are true, that doesn’t mean the entire saga was entirely factual.

“It seemed to me that I was trapped. I feel a little used,” Harvey added.

Richard Gadd played himself in the Netflix series (Photo: Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

Morgan reportedly described the interaction as a “sparring match” between the two men, for which his interviewee claims she was only paid £250.

Harvey claims she was bombarded with interview requests and said yes to the former Good Morning Britain host because she liked him.

“Piers said everything went well,” Harvey continued. “He talked about a practice match. He punched me a few times and I punched him a few times. He asked me if I liked Richard Gadd and I said you’re joking.

In Parliament, Netflix insisted they had taken “all reasonable precautions to conceal the true identities of those involved in this story”.

Previously speaking about the process of turning his ordeal into a TV show, Gadd said Metro.co.uk he wanted Baby Reindeer “to be three-dimensional.”

“I wanted it to be nuanced. I just remember that my idea of ​​harassment in life was so different from what actually happened,” he said.

“My idea of ​​what a stalker was was that they were basically psychopathic characters. But that just wasn’t the case. I really saw someone very vulnerable.

He added that there was no “moral argument to be made”, but there was “a subtle reference to the fact that this is a vulnerable person who needs help”.

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