Acid attack victim says leaked voice notes alleged to be of Ferne McCann ‘shattered’ her confidence
An acid attack victim who was branded a ‘silly b****’ in leaked voice notes allegedly recorded by Ferne McCann says the star shattered her confidence in a matter of minutes.
Sophie Hall, 27, was badly scarred when Ms McCann’s then-boyfriend Arthur Collins threw acid into a London club in 2017. Ms Hall was 21 at the time of the attack.
She is now urging ITV to ‘take action’ and hold Ms McCann, 32, accountable after an anonymous Instagram account leaked voice notes on Wednesday allegedly sent by the reality TV star.
Ms Hall, whom Ms McCann allegedly referred to as ‘one ugly f***ing c***,’ told the Sun she had spent five years rebuilding her confidence and ‘now in just minutes all my hard work has been shattered by these malicious voice notes.’
The acid attack victim slammed the First Time Mum star for being ‘cruel and vicious’ and has questioned why she should still be ‘given the platform to tear down others.’
ITV has reportedly stopped filming the show while bosses hold talks with Ms McCann, whose friends claim the messages were part of an ‘ongoing hate campaign’ against her.
But Ms Hall, who reached the final of a Miss England final 15 months after the sickening acid attack, still feels the network needs to take additional actions to hold the TV personality accountable for her actions.
Acid attack victim Sophie Hall (pictured in 2017) is urging ITV to ‘take action’ against Ferne McCann after leaked voice notes allegedly hear the star referring to Ms Hall as a ‘silly b****’ and ‘one ugly f***ing c***’
A source close to the Ferne McCann (pictured) told MailOnline the voice messages have been ‘spliced together’ from separate recordings in a bid to ‘destroy her’
‘ITV need to address what’s been said by Ferne. She needs to be held accountable and so do they,’ Ms Hall told The Sun.
‘ITV don’t just need to take action for my sake, but for other leaked voice notes.
‘The ones which were body shaming and so unkind.’
The former pageant competitor, who was left with scars following the attack, revealed that she has spent years trying to rebuild her confidence.
She argued that Ms McCann’s remarks caused a regression of the progress she had made thus far.
‘I feel sick to my stomach,’ she explained. ‘It has taken five years to rebuild my confidence after the attack. And now in just minutes all my hard work has been shattered by these malicious voice notes.’
She said: ‘I was speechless when I first listened to them. It’s not OK on any level for her to be saying this about me. It’s disgusting.
‘Why should anyone who has been so cruel and vicious with their words be given the platform to tear down others? To make them feel worthless and like they’re not good enough?’
Sophie Hall (pictured) said she spent five years rebuilding her confidence and ‘now in just minutes all my hard work has been shattered by these malicious voice notes’
Convicted: Collins is currently serving 20 years in prison after he threw acid in an East London nightclub in April 2017 and injured 14 people
The voicemail message posted by the anonymous Instagram account, claiming to be sent by Ms McCann, discussed Ms Hall entering the 2018 beauty pageant.
A woman’s voice can be heard saying: ‘I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, the silly b***h has made a dress… A papier mache dress out of the newspaper cuttings from the event.’
In another post, the woman says: ‘She’ll probably win it I’m not gonna lie, only because the event and the awards that she has entered or beauty competition, whatever it is.’
‘They’re probably loving all this free press for their event so they’ll probably fix it, she’ll win it.’
Ms Hall, after hearing the memos, told The Sun: ‘I’m in a state of shock and disbelief.
‘Ferne herself has said before that she struggles with her own appearance. So to be commenting on how someone else looks — regardless if it was never meant to be heard — is wrong.’
The beauty pageant contestant said she would like to ask the star ‘why are you targeting me?’ and how she ‘would feel if the shoe was on the other foot.’
Ms Hall said: ‘I would ask Ferne, “What have I ever done to you? Why are you targeting me, when all I’ve been trying to do is make a positive out of a terrible and traumatic experience that I sincerely hope no one ever has to go through in their lifetime?.”
She added that Ms McCann ‘sending a message with such hurt really does question her character and credibility in all that she stands for.’
The Instagram account — named Lady Whistledown after the gossip from Netflix’s hit show Bridgerton — later released another post, stating more voice notes, allegedly from Ms McCann, would be sent over the next 24 hours.
However, a source close to the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star told MailOnline the messages have been ‘spliced together’ from separate recordings in a bid to ‘destroy her’.
The source explained: ‘Ferne is devastated by the content of these voice messages. This is part of an ongoing hate campaign against her.
‘The latest message has been spliced together from different WhatsApp recordings.
‘The messages are about four and five years old and out of context.
‘The person releasing the private voice recordings is trying to destroy her.
‘The fact they kept the private voice messages for so long and are now releasing them shows what sort of sick person they are. It isn’t just hurting Ferne, it’s hurting the people being talked about. Ferne’s very aware of that as well.’
Drama: Ferne McCann kept a low profile on Thursday amid reports she’s bracing herself as three new voice notes, allegedly originating from her, are set to be released from an anonymous Instagram account. She and her boyfriend Lori Haines are seen arriving back at the star’s Essex home
Shocking: The account, which goes by username ladywhistledown195, has already leaked a slew of recordings – accusing the reality star of making ‘disgusting’ comments about one of ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins ‘ acid attack victims
Head down: Ferne, 32, and Lorri hurried into her home amid the fallout from the most recent voice note controversy
Checking for updates? The TV personality wore a cream jumper and a dark scarf and was seen glued to her mobile phone as she made her way inside
The source continued: ‘The truth is that Ferne has huge sympathy with Arthur’s victims and what they’ve been through. She admires their courage.
‘The police are continuing their investigation into who is leaking and editing the messages.
‘Ferne is set to be interviewed again to help to try and catch the perpetrator.
‘Her legal team has advised her she can’t speak out at the moment while investigations are ongoing.’
ITV has reportedly halted filming of First Time Mum, which was due in the coming weeks, while it undergoes talks with Ms McCann.
A source familiar with production told The Sun the ‘next series is up in the air.’
‘Conversations are ongoing about when the show may resume filming. ITV have held talks with Ferne about the situation and they will continue to speak with her to see where they go from here,’ the source alleged.
‘They have worked with her for over a decade and want to see how this plays out.’
Ex: Ferne was accused of making ‘disgusting’ comments about one of ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins’ acid attack victims in newly-leaked voice notes ( pictured in 2017)
‘Disgusting comments’: In a new audio clip released by the anonymous account on Wednesday a woman can be heard discussing one of Collins’ victims entering a beauty pageant
The Instagram account had previously been suspended after Ms McCann reported it to the police when it released posts allegedly from the reality star in which she branded her former TOWIE pal Sam Faiers, 31, a ‘fat c***’ and ‘narcissistic b**ch’.
Ms Faiers and Ms McCann, who starred alongside one another on The Only Way Is Essex, have been friends for over 20 years.
Meantime, Collins is currently serving 20 years in prison after he threw acid in an East London nightclub in April 2017 and injured 14 people.
The former scaffolder – the father of Ms McCann’s five-year-old daughter Sunday – was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, and nine counts of actual bodily harm against 14 people, including Ms Hall.
Collins has reportedly had no contact with Ms McCann since his attack.
The model, following the horrific incident, did reach out to her ex-partner’s victims in a statement.
It read: ‘No one should ever be faced with violence on a night out. Ferne is focused on being the best mother she can be. She long ago accepted that she would be doing this alone.’
Romantic holiday: Ferne pictured with her then boyfriend Arthur in Ibiza back in August 2016
Falling out: Ferne has been embroiled in an ongoing feud with Sam Faiers, 31, after audio was leaked which allegedly saw Ferne brand her pal a ‘fat c***’ (pictured together in 2019)