A radio producer has apologised after stealing a woman’s Facebook photos to use on a dating website and then sending out naked pictures of other women pretending to be her.
Stuart Grant, who works for Capital Xtra in London, took pictures from the page of aspiring model Beckie Livesey, 21, and create an online profile.
She only realised what he had done when a computer-savvy IT worker grew suspicious of a ‘girl’ he was talking to online and traced the images back to their original source.
Beckie said she was ‘shocked and scared’ and has now received a personal apology from Grant.
She said: “An IT worker said he had been chatting to a ‘girl’ online and that her pictures were actually of me - and it went from there.
“I just felt shocked and, when I realised he had sent nude photos of other women from the neck down pretending to be me, I felt scared my reputation was on the line.
“Stuart Grant could have spoken to someone who thought it was genuinely me. It’s quite scary to think someone can easily pretend to be me.”
Beckie, a marketing executive from Blackburn, Lancs., said the pictures were used to create profiles on dating website Plenty of Fish and on Facebook.
The IT worker said he believed he had been chatting to a girl called Chelly on the site but became suspicious and demanded proof in the form of a photo of her holding up three fingers to the camera.
What he got was an image of Beckie that had been altered, with three fingers superimposed over a Facebook snap of her lying on a bed.
She said: “The picture he added the hands onto is actually my no-make up selfie I did for cancer awareness. They are not my hands - they’re massive.”
While the IT worker was searching for Beckie’s genuine Facebook account in order to tell her about the imposter, he also came across a separate account using her pictures, but in the name of Chelly Chaz Hume.
After investigating further, Beckie found out the culprit was Grant and challenged him on LinkedIn - a social media website used by business professionals for networking.
Beckie, whose has not contacted police over the issue, said: “As soon as I connected with him, he sent me a huge message apologising. He admitted what he did and said sorry.
“I replied saying, ‘well done for being honest but you can’t just pretend to be someone else just because you are a prat’.
“Then he deleted his account.”
In his apology to Beckie the producer admitted he had ‘made some very bad choices’.
He wrote: “What I have done is completely wrong and I absolutely should not have done this.
“I was caught up in a very bad place where my behaviour was wrong. It’s a very long and tragic story and I let things go way beyond where they should.
“What I did was use some of your pictures and create a fake profile.
“I want to be absolutely clear on this point: It was wrong. I will never do it again. I should never have done it in the first place.
“I can promise with my hand on my heart, this has stopped.
“I have deleted everything and there are no more fake profiles, photos, or anything, in existence. I want this to be over for good.
“I know you don’t know me but I hope you believe me when I say that my intention was not to hurt anybody.
“I was deeply in love with someone and behaved out of character and made some very bad choices.
“Using your photos was a horrible thing to do and I would feel pretty awful if someone had done it to me.”
During his Grant has met some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Alicia Keys, Neyo, and Nicki Minaj.
In a statement he said: “I am incredibly sorry for my actions. I am ashamed, and understand that I’ve caused upset and therefore apologise unreservedly.”
Lancashire Police said the issue was a ‘grey area’ and it was not immediately clear whether any crime has been committed.