An innocent office receptionist has been inundated with despicable abuse after he was incorrectly named as the person who made sex offense charges against a Premier League footballer.
Chelsea Pardoe, 20, has nothing to do with the case but has been left distraught and terrified for her safety after hundreds of posts appeared on her social media feeds, calling her a ‘grass’, ‘snitch’, ‘prostitute’ – and even accusations her from trying to blackmail the footballer for millions.
The abuse started after news that a married foreign Everton footballer, who also plays for his country’s international team, was arrested last Friday on suspicion of alleged child sex crimes.
Chelsea told MailOnline: “My name and photos are gossiped in WhatsApp groups and I’ve had terrible beatings from all over the world. I’m really scared and don’t know what to do.’
Chelsea Pardoe (above), 20, of Maidstone, in Kent, has been incorrectly named as the schoolgirl allegedly sexed by a Premier League footballer
Chelsea first learned of rumors of her involvement in the Everton footballer’s case when she started receiving abusive messages on social media
Chelsea posted a TikTok message denying rumors that she was the girl involved in the child sex allegations involving the Everton footballer who was arrested on Friday, July 16.
The unnamed player has been released on bail pending further investigation and has been transferred to a hiding place by his club.
Although the footballer has been named in his home country, he cannot be identified in the UK for legal reasons, nor can any alleged victims in the investigation.
The first time Miss Pardoe, of Maidstone, Kent, became aware that she had been incorrectly identified as the alleged victim in the case was when hundreds of posts and thousands of new followers appeared on her social media platforms shortly after his arrest.
Chelsea was called a prostitute, a grass and a snitch by strangers on social media after being mistakenly identified
The attacks on Miss Pardoe come a week after an Everton teammate was incorrectly named online as the footballer at the center of the police investigation.
Like Miss Pardoe, the teammate was subjected to thousands of fake messages spread about him on social media after the Greater Manchester police raid.
So far, Everton has only confirmed it has suspended a top player pending a police investigation, but has not named him.
Miss Pardoe’s misidentification seems to have started when she posted a reference to a football player.
The attractive blonde, who likes to post pictures and videos of herself taken before a night out with her friends, made a TikTok video in June in which she sang along to Dua Lipa’s song Levitating, captioned “the sexy footballer in my DMs’.
In the video, she sings along, saying “If you feel like you need a little company/ You met me at the perfect time/ You want me, I want you baby.”
But Miss Pardoe said: ‘The footballer in question had nothing to do with Everton but was a local league player who I was flirting with at the time, but we’re not even together.
“He was one of the first to message me asking if I knew what people were saying about me and if I was okay.”
In a rumor circulating on social media, Pardoe was accused of being a 14-year-old escort
Chelsea started receiving reports of abuse on social media before she even knew an Everton footballer had been arrested. She was called a ‘terrible snitch’ and a ‘beggy melt’
After the Everton player’s arrest, the images of her video suddenly skyrocketed as thousands around the world mistakenly linked it to the footballer.
It has now been seen nearly half a million times and she has received hundreds of messages from all over the world, including messages abusing her appearance and calling her a gold digger.
She said: “The video and rumors are circulating in many WhatsApp groups. My friends keep telling me about new groups that keep appearing.
“In one I was even called a 15-year-old prostitute, that was so shocking.
“Last year I lost my job because of the Covid pandemic and it has been a difficult year. This has made it so much worse.’
Although Miss Pardoe deleted her original post, she reposted it along with a statement pleading for the “terrible abuse” to stop, adding: “I want to emphasize and confirm that I am definitely not the girl involved to this investigation and any rumours. suggesting I am are completely false.’
Chelsea had received messages from her friends’ WhatsApp groups in which complete strangers accused her of being the girl involved in the sex offense investigation
Miss Pardoe, who lives with her parents in Kent, said she had never met or spoken to the Premiership footballer.
She added: “As all the messages started pouring in, I had to call a family gathering and tell my parents what was going on. They’re really worried about me.
“It keeps me from posting anything and I’m afraid of the damage it could do to my career.
“It could also deter other potential victims from coming forward.”
Miss Pardoe has an auditory processing disorder, which affects her understanding in certain situations, and her family fears the impact of the abuse on her health.
The Everton international’s wife left their £2million marital home earlier this month.