Advertising manager, 36, falsely claimed she was stalked and filmed by a BAFTA-nominated director
An advertising agency falsely claimed she was stalked and filmed by a three-time BAFTA-nominated TV comedy director, a court has heard.
Sophia Owen, 36, accused Misha Manson-Smith of harassing her in 2020 and even asked for a court order against him.
She said he used his lawnmower outside her house to make as much noise as possible and that he screeched on his car tires to annoy her.
Mr Manson-Smith, who has produced award-winning comedies and documentaries for Amazon Studios, Netflix and Channel 4, faced a costly lawsuit over the false charges.
Owen’s father, music producer Mark Arthurworrey, 68, owns a converted house in Dalston, East London, where Mr Manson-Smith lives in the ground floor flat.
Arthurworrey – who worked with Aswad and Annie Lennox – was previously found guilty of assaulting Mr Manson-Smith, 48, and his ‘mummy blogger’ wife Alex, 44, and was forced to pay them damages after he was forced to pay their made life a ‘misery’. ‘.
Sophia Owen, 36, accused Misha Manson-Smith (pictured at Stratford Magistrates’ Court) of harassing her in 2020 and even asked for a High Court injunction against him
Owen (pictured outside Stratford Magistrates’ Court) said he used his lawnmower outside her house to make as much noise as possible and that he would scream his car tires to annoy her
Mr Manson-Smith, is a British director, writer and producer of film, television and commercials. According to his online resume, he has worked with Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen and directed Hollywood star Michael Sheen in a short film called Barbados.
Owen called the police twice in May 2020 and two more in September 2020, alleging Mr Manson-Smith was “abusive and threatening”.
She said she felt “afraid and intimidated” and complained that the film director was psychotic, Stratford Magistrates’ Court heard.
District Judge James Richardson said, “She’s building a story against Mr. Manson-Smith.”
Owen claimed that Mr. Manson-Smith had cameras in the basement that pointed to the entrance of her house and that he was using them to “spy on her.”
She said Mr Manson-Smith “harassed” her by using the lawnmower outside her home and complained that it had “screeching tires” as he drove off the property.
Owen claimed she had seen Mr Manson-Smith “literally hundreds of times during this period” and “regularly drove or walked by her house or stalked her.”
Mark Arthurworrey, 67, a musician who produced songs for 80s stars including Annie Lennox and Aswad (pictured above). After taking him to court, the couple won damages
The building in Hackney containing the flats of Mr Arthurworrey and Mr Manson-Smith. Judge said dumping garbage in front yard ‘could lead to harassment’
She then filed a High Court injunction request against Mr Manson-Smith in December 2020.
Mr Manson-Smith denied the charges and produced evidence to support his case, including GPS data from his phone and car.
The proceedings were closed with a ‘drop hands’ settlement, meaning that both parties agreed to withdraw their claims against each other.
Mr Manson-Smith described the experience as “profound, stressful and nerve-wracking, time consuming and costly.”
He said Owen’s behavior had a “very, very profound” impact on him, affecting his career and family life.
Judge Richardson said, “It’s hard to see how making false accusations against someone in support of a court order does not amount to harassment.”
“It is clear to me that this is harassment.”
He said the harassment “was part of a deliberate campaign against Mr Manson-Smith” aimed at issuing a ban.”
“Therefore, I consider the case proven and find Mrs. Owen guilty,” he said.
Owen, who works as a director of an advertising account, continues to stand behind her account, telling the court she was “deeply affected by Mr Manson-Smith’s actions.”
She appeared in court in a long black coat, trousers, a turtleneck sweater and army-style boots.
Owen denied but was convicted of harassing Mr Manson-Smith between May 11, 2020 and December 23, 2020
Her father had a successful 25-year career as a music producer, working with acts such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Aswad and Annie Lennox.
The couple accused Owens’s father, Mr. Arthurworrey, of dumping a “large amount of trash,” including a mattress, in their yard, causing “noise pollution” and shutting down utilities in their flat.
Arthurworrey claimed that the front garden of the building in Hackney, London, did not rightfully belong to the couple, but in fact belonged to him and denied any wrongdoing.
But after taking him to court, the couple won damages and asked for an injunction to ban the music producer from meddling with them or their property.
Judge Richardson postponed his sentence until 2 p.m. January 28 to give Owen a chance to get legal counsel.
She was released on bail on the condition that she not contact the victim.