Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan warned by police over ‘transphobia’ Twitter row
Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has been given a verbal harassment caution after a transgender activist claimed he “trolled” her.
Police requested the Irish comedy author to stop all touch with Stephanie Hayden, who he become embroiled in a Twitter row with.
Ms Hayden reported Linehan for “transphobia” after he referred to her as “he” and for “deadnaming” her via calling her via her former names.
Linehan, who lives in Norwich, locked his Twitter account on Friday, bringing up “abuse and harassment”.
He additionally highlighted a petition he had signed that calls on LGBT charity Stonewall to recognize the warfare that exists between “transgenderism and sex-based ladies’s rights”.
On Saturday, he mentioned: “The police requested me to prevent contacting any person I had no purpose of contacting.
“It was once somewhat like asking me to by no means touch Charlie Sheen.”
Ms Hayden, a 45-year-old from Leeds, is suing Linehan within the Prime Courtroom.
The 50-year-old author, additionally recognized for being in the back of Black Books, has tweeted calling her “Tony” and “Steven” in connection with her former names.
Linehan additionally wrote: “I do not appreciate the pronouns of misogynists, stalkers or harassers, and Tony is all 3.”
Refuting his claims, Ms Hayden mentioned: “I do not take kindly to a public determine tweeting about me relating to me as a person and hanging my criminal identify in citation marks to signify it isn’t legitimate.”
Police can factor harassment warnings to deter people from additional behaviour.
The warnings don’t seem to be convictions or cautions, however do seem on enhanced legal information exams.
Linehan co-wrote Father Ted – which ran for 3 sequence on Channel four between April 1995 and Would possibly 1998 – with Arthur Mathews, whom he met whilst operating at Sizzling Press mag.
He has written for different presentations, together with Brass Eye, and wrote and directed the 2006 Channel four sitcom The IT Crowd.