Shameless actor harassed Apprentice star he believed was in relationship with mother

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jody Latham, left, in Shameless He told Manchester magistrates: “I got a phone call from Jody saying I had to call him back or else. He told me I had to meet him within 24 hours or it would end badly. He said I had taken something away from him and that he would take something away from him.”His friend then came on the line and said he knew where I lived and if I didn’t meet him he would come round and things would go badly. I tried to draw a line under it and I just wanted him to realise that nothing was going on.”The phone call scared me. I sent a text message to Jody saying that I didn’t want to meet him and I received no response. Then I started receiving late night phone calls which caused problems with the girl I was seeing.”The whole thing made me feel very anxious. I would walk home from work or being sitting in the flat not knowing if something was going to happen. I went back to my family’s house because I feared for my safety.” “This is all just one man’s word against another and there is no solid evidence to support Mr Hosker’s statement. I have not made any calls to Mr Hosker and the only conversation we have had are during the calls he made to me.”I never set out to cause any harm or trouble. This happened nine months ago now and I have not had any contact with Mr Hosker since.”Latham’s career took off at the age of 12 when he appeared in youth theatre. He played the son of scrounger Frank Gallagher in Shameless from 2004 to 2008 while Miss Byrne played Meena Karib from 2008 to 2009.Mr Hosker was fired from The Apprentice amid controversy with claims of a “North-South” rift with the other contestants, particularly Hopkins who cuttingly said his best friends were “Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio”.The trial, which was adjourned until Thursday, continues. During a string of encounters, Latham is alleged to have turned up unannounced at Mr Hosker’s home demanding to know if he was dating Miss Byrne.He is also claimed to have tweeted him saying “alright chubby face” and phoned the former reality TV star, allegedly saying: “Meet me in 24 hours or it will end badly.”Latham, who has also acted in BBC shows EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City, was later arrested and charged with harassment after Miss Byrne made a complaint. He denies the charge.Mr Hosker, 34, who was famed for his spats with Katie Hopkins during Series 3 of BBC show The Apprentice in 2007, is now an IT company boss. Vincent Yip, prosecuting, said: “Mr Hosker claims he had no idea how the defendant knew where he lived as it was a block of flats. Mr Latham was described as aggressive in his behaviour as he accused Mr Hosker of being in a sexual relationship with Miss Byrne.”There was a series of exchanges between Mr Latham and Mr Hosker both over the telephone and on social media which led to Mr Latham’s arrest.”Representing himself, Latham told the hearing: “When I went round to Adam’s flat it had all been pre-arranged and Miss Byrne had asked me to drop my daughter off. All the phone calls were initiated by Adam himself and I was simply answering them.”Several people have access to my Twitter account and without the police finding the IP address of those tweets, there is nothing to prove that it was my Twitter account. Actor Jody Latham with his ex-fiancee Sarah Byrne, who was pregnant at the time, in 2013Credit:TONY WARD/SCOPEFEATURES.COM This is all just one man’s word against another… the only conversation we have had are during the calls he made to meJody Latham, representing himself Jody Latham, left, played Lip in Shameless (2004)Credit:Allstar Picture Library/CHANNEL 4 Adam Hosker with Katie Hopkins on The Apprentice in 2007 An actor best known for his role in the television show Shameless harassed a former contestant of The Apprentice after accusing him of dating his ex-fiancee, a court heard.Jody Latham, who played Lip Gallagher in the Channel 4 drama, interrogated Adam Hosker on his doorstep and hounded him with threatening phone calls and tweets after learning he had been meeting up with Sarah Byrne, jurors were told.The 33-year-old had been engaged to Miss Byrne, 27, but they split in October last year following the birth of their daughter.Latham is said to have became enraged when he found out she visited Mr Hosker at his flat in Manchester before going for a drink in town. Mr Hosker told the court he was only friends with Miss Byrne. Adam Hosker with Katie Hopkins on The Apprentice in 2007 He said I had taken something away from him and that he would take something away from himAdam Hosker Actor Jody Latham and pregnant finace Sarah Byrne at home Latham met Miss Byrne, who also appeared in Shameless, in 2008 during a post-production party for the show. They began a romance in 2012 after he split up from former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.In 2013, Latham posed for pictures with Miss Byrne when she was pregnant with their child for a magazine interview.However, earlier this year he was banned from contacting her under the terms of a restraining order after he left her in fear from voicemail messages demanding he see their daughter, the court heard.The incidents with Mr Hosker began in March, magistrates were told.Mr Hosker added: “It went quiet for a while until I started receiving abusive Twitter messages telling me to direct message him or things would get sent over here.”He then tweeted a picture of himself with my ex-girlfriend Maddy at the Alchemist in Manchester, which I found very strange. You could tell there was some kind of malice to it.”last_img read more