Craig David stalked by obsessive fan for five years: Woman who believed she was singer’s girlfriend and hassled his parents is BANNED from contacting him
Craig David has been stalked for five years by a woman who believes she is his girlfriend, a court has heard.
Obsessive fan Tanya Jeal, 31, allegedly turned up outside the 40-year-old star’s home and repeatedly buzzed his intercom system while holding up a photo that she had taken with him five years ago.
Highbury Corner magistrates’ court in North London heard how she also booked into the same hotel as the singer, contacted his parents and stood motionless while holding up the same photo at the front row of one of his gigs.
Jeal, of Orpington, Kent, has now been banned from making any contact with the Southampton-born hitmaker under a stalking protection order, reported the Sun.
The singer-songwriter told the court how Jeal posted on Snapchat: ‘I know you love me’, and that she would repeatedly knock on his hotel room door after climbing fire exits.
The Met Police obtained the interim order on Craig’s behalf.
Craig David (pictured), 40, has been stalked for five years by a woman who believes she is his girlfriend, a court has heard
Obsessive fan Tanya Jeal (pictured), 31, allegedly turned up outside the star’s home and repeatedly buzzed his intercom system while holding up a photo that she had taken with him five years ago
Michael Rhimes, representing the force, told the court: ‘It is clear she is infatuated with him.
‘It is clear she thinks he is her boyfriend. He is not.’
He added: ‘She has made comments attempting to incriminate his managing team.
‘She seems to think this is a Britney Spears-type situation where she thinks his management is exploiting him.’
Jeal, who wrote a novel entitled Trophy Hunting, It’s a Killing Business, can challenge the order at a review next month.
Craig, a judge on ITV talent show Walk The Line, did not attend the hearing yesterday.
It happened on the same day he received an MBE for services to music from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle.
He was the epitome of suave, proudly standing before the heir to the throne as he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
The rapper-cum-DJ pulled out his best finery for the afternoon and sported a dapper suit complete with a spotted burgundy tie.
The profound moment saw Charles stood on a plush rug – extravagantly dressed in royal attire – placing the MBE lapel onto the singer’s suit jacket.
As they briefly chatted in the vast, brightly-lit room, Craig could not keep the proud smile from his face as he received his rightfully deserved award.
Honour: Proud Craig David was appointed an MBE by the Prince Of Wales at Windsor Castle on Wednesday in recognition of his services to music
Congratulations: The 7 Days hitmaker, 40, was the epitome of suave, proudly standing before the heir to the throne as he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire
The record producer found fame in 1999 after appearing on the single Re-Rewind by Artful Dodger.
A year later, Craig released his debut studio album, Born to Do It, which included hits such as Fill Me In and 7 Days.
It sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest albums by a UK R&B artist.
The Southampton native boasts an impressive discography and released his sixth album, Following My Intuition, six years after number five, Signed Sealed Delivered.
Despite his brief album hiatus, it soared straight to number one – his first album to do so since Born To Do It.