Friends of Ferne McCann have hit back at ‘sick’ claims she made derogatory comments about the victims of ex-partner Arthur Collins’ acid attack, saying there is an ‘ongoing hate campaign’ against her.
An anonymous Instagram account on Wednesday leaked voice memos allegedly sent by 32-year-old Ferne, in which a woman’s voice labels one of the criminal’s victims a “stupid bitch.”
It is alleged that they were referring to Sophie Hall, who reached the final of a Miss England final 15 months after the nauseating attack and bare her scars.
A source close to the Ferne McCann told MailOnline that the messages were ‘split together’ from separate recordings in an attempt to ‘destroy her’
Drama: Ferne McCann kept a low profile on Thursday amid reports of her bracing herself as three new voice notes, reportedly from her, will be released from an anonymous Instagram account
Convicted: Collins is currently serving 20 years in prison after he threw acid at an east London nightclub in April 2017, injuring 14 people
The account later released another message, saying that more voice memos would be sent in the next 24 hours, reportedly from Ferne.
However, a source close to the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star told MailOnline that the messages were “split together” from separate recordings in an attempt to “destroy her.”
The source explains: ‘Ferne is devastated by the content of these voice messages. This is part of an ongoing hate campaign against her.
The last message was split together from several WhatsApp recordings.
‘The messages are about four and five years old and out of context.
“The person who releases the private voice recordings is trying to destroy her.
“The fact that they have kept the private voice messages for so long and are now releasing them shows what kind of sick they are. It doesn’t just hurt Ferne, it hurts the people being talked about. Ferne knows that very well.’
Shockingly, the account, with the username ladywhistledown195, has already leaked a slew of footage – accusing the reality star of making ‘disgusting’ comments about one of the victims of an acid attack from ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins
Head down: Ferne, 32, and Lorri rushed to her home amid the fallout from the latest spoken-note controversy
Check for updates? The TV personality wore a cream sweater and dark scarf and was glued to her cell phone as she walked in
The source continued: ‘The truth is that Ferne has tremendous sympathy for Arthur’s victims and what they have been through. She admires their courage.
“The police are continuing to investigate who is leaking the messages and are editing the messages.
“Ferne is being questioned again to help catch the killer.
“Her legal team has informed her that she is currently unable to speak out while the investigation is ongoing.”
Collins is currently serving 20 years in prison after he threw acid at an east London nightclub in April 2017, injuring 14 people.
The former scaffolder — the father of Ferne’s daughter Sunday, age five — was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, and nine counts of actual bodily harm against 14 people, including model Sophie.
The voicemail message from the anonymous account, which claimed to have been sent by Ferne, talked about Sophie competing in the 2018 beauty pageant.
A woman’s voice can be heard saying, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, the stupid bitch has made a dress… A papier-mâché dress from the press clippings of the event.”
In another post, the woman says, “She will probably win it, I’m not going to lie just because of the event and the prizes she participated in or the beauty pageant, whatever it is.”
Ex: Ferne was accused of making ‘disgusting’ comments about one of the victims of an acid attack from ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins in newly leaked voice memos (pictured in 2017)
“They probably love all this free press for their event, so they’ll probably fix it, she’ll win it.”
The Instagram account was previously suspended after Ferne reported it to police when it reportedly released messages from the reality star calling her former TOWIE boyfriend Sam Faiers, 31, a “fat c***” and “narcissistic b** called. ch’.
Sam and Ferne, who co-starred in The Only Way Is Essex, have been friends for over 20 years.
‘Disgusting comments’: A new audio clip released Wednesday by the anonymous account features a woman talking about one of Collins’ victims entering a beauty pageant
Slur: “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, the stupid b***h made a dress… A papier-mâché dress from the press clippings of the event,” says the woman in the audio clip about The Creation from Sophie
Romantic break: Ferne photographed with her then boyfriend Arthur in Ibiza in August 2016
Breakout: Ferne is embroiled in an ongoing feud with Sam Faiers, 31, after audio leaked in which Ferne allegedly called her boyfriend a ‘fat c***’ (pictured together in 2019)