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Who is the woman who inspired “Baby Reindeer”?

Who is the woman who inspired “Baby Reindeer”?

The story of Baby reindeer is getting heavier and heavier day by day. The wildly popular Netflix series has been watched by nearly 60 million people since its premiere last month. The series, starring Richard Gadd and adapted from his one-man show of the same name, tells the story of what Gadd claims was his real-life experience with a stalker. In the series, Gadd’s character becomes the object of obsession for a woman named Martha, who sends him 41,071 emails, 744 tweets, 350 hours of voicemails, 106 letters and 46 Facebook messages. Now Fiona Harvey is coming forward and claiming to be the real Martha. She also threatens to sue Gadd and Netflix.

Harvey’s identity became public after internet sleuths found old tweets that matched those that appeared on screen in the episodes and established that she was the real Martha. Gadd had tried to prevent this from happening, telling the British GQ“We tried so hard to disguise her to the point that I don’t think she would recognize herself. What was borrowed was an emotional truth, not a fact-by-fact profile of someone.

When fans started trying to identify Martha, Gadd asked them to stop. “Please don’t speculate on who the real people might be. That’s not the point of our show,” he wrote in an Instagram story. Alas, it was too little, too late.

In her first public appearance, Harvey appeared on Piers Morgan’s YouTube show and claimed she was the real victim of Baby reindeer. She claimed she never stalked Gadd and certainly never sent him such a large volume of correspondence.

“That’s simply not true. If someone sent someone 41,000 emails or something, how many would they do per day? A lot,” she told Morgan. She admitted to sending “a few emails,” but never texts or Facebook messages. When pressed by Morgan, she admitted that she had tweeted at Gadd about 18 times.

At the end of the show (spoiler, if you’re one of the five people who didn’t watch it), Martha is sentenced to nine months in prison for criminal harassment. Harvey denied this happened, saying she had never been charged with a crime.

“This is completely false; very, very defamatory to me; very detrimental to career,” she said. Elsewhere in the interview, Harvey claimed that Gadd and Netflix were “lying” by calling Baby reindeer a true story.

According to Daily check-in, Harvey received £250 for his upkeep. She told the Scottish tabloid that she didn’t feel well after the interview. “I have my own thoughts about it that I’d like to keep to myself, but I wouldn’t say I was happy,” she said. “It seemed like I was trapped. I feel a little used.