Her black­mail hell

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

With her ca­reer back on track, and look­ing and feel­ing bet­ter than ever, Casey Dono­van has been rid­ing high in re­cent months. But that all came crash­ing down when a close friend did the un­think­able – tex­ting the singer an omi­nous black­mail mes­sage.

A shaken Casey headed straight to her lo­cal po­lice sta­tion to hand over the mes­sage, which has been de­scribed as “threat­en­ing”.

“Po­lice at­tached to Bankstown Lo­cal Area Com­mand com­menced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fol­low­ing re­ports from a 29-year-old woman that she was al­legedly be­ing black­mailed,” an of­fi­cial state­ment from NSW Po­lice read. “Fol­low­ing en­quiries, a 33-year-old man was ar­rested at a home in Lalor Park just af­ter mid­night on Tues­day Jan­uary 23. He was taken to Bankstown Po­lice sta­tion and charged with black­mail and us­ing car­riage ser­vices to men­ace.”

While no fur­ther de­tails have been re­leased on the man’s iden­tity, Casey’s agent Re­nee Hansen has con­firmed to Woman’s Day that she is in­deed the 29-year-old woman in ques­tion and that her for­merly close friend will face court on Fe­bru­ary 7.

It’s not the first time Casey has been the vic­tim of peo­ple close to her. In 2014, the sea­son two Aus­tralian Idol win­ner re­vealed she’d been part of an elab­o­rate cat­fish­ing cam­paign that lasted six years, fall­ing in love on­line with a man called “Camp­bell” who was later found to be a fe­male friend, Olga.

So it’s no sur­prise the lat­est be­trayal has hit Casey for six. “She’s still in shock at the mo­ment but when she feels stronger she’ll talk about it all,” says a source close to the singer.

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