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Taxi driver, 27, ‘harassed Jemima Khan’ with calls

A taxi driver bombarded socialite Jemima Khan with hundreds of messages and calls, threatening to go to her house, after allegedly saving her number, a court heard.

Hassan Mahhmood, 27, is said to have harassed Ms Khan for a year after saving her phone number when he dropped her off to her Fulham home.

He sent hundreds of unwanted messages and called her, asking to meet up, between June 2016 and July this year.

Ms Khan was also the victim of harassment earlier this year

Mahhmood, in the sunglasses, left, is said to have saved Ms Khan’s number when she used his taxi to get home one evening

Mahhmood also threatened to turn up to her home. 

Prosecutor Julien Becker said ‘taxi or mini cab driver’ Mahhmood ‘bombarded’ Ms Khan with more than 400 messages and ‘repeatedly’ called her phone.

‘He made attempts to establish contact even after she told him she did not want it,’ he said.

Mahhmood also threatened to turn up at Ms Khan’s address in Fulham, south west London but never actually attended the address, said Mr Becker.

Jemima Khan with brother Zac Goldsmith. She is said to have told Mahhmood not to contact her when he continued sending messages

Jemima Khan with brother Zac Goldsmith. She is said to have told Mahhmood not to contact her when he continued sending messages

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court Mahhmood, of Waltham Forest, wearing a blue suit, denied one count of stalking and indicated a not guilty plea to one count of harassment.

Jemima Khan: Socialite and Hugh Grant’s ex-girfriend

Jemima Khan is the older sister of former Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.

Her father was the late billionaire tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, while her mother, Lady Annabel, is the daughter of the Marquess of Londonderry.

She is an associate editor of New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair. 

Ms Khan has also had high profile relationships with Hugh Grant and Russell Brand.

She also has a close association with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Miss Goldsmith previously tweeted about a man following her and her children in September 2014.

She was married to Imran Khan. 

Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram released him on conditional bail not to contact Ms Khan or to go to any address he knows or believes she may be residing.

Mahhmood will next appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 28 September for a plea and trial preparation hearing.  

Ms Khan was harassed earlier this year as well, by a man from Kent who sent her multiple messages on Twitter every day.

Conor O’Mahoney, 60, of Deal, Kent, bombarded the 42-year-old with messages on social media, sending her five messages a day on Twitter.

He turned up outside her home and attended events where Ms Khan- also known as Jemima Goldsmith – was speaking, asking her out for dinner.

O’Mahoney also sent an unwanted Addison Lee taxi to her home address with instructions to meet him in a hotel.

His actions caused Ms Goldsmith ‘serious harm or distress’, Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard in February.

He had received a caution in November 2015 for harassment. In March this year, he was handed a restraining order. 

He was banned from contacting Ms Khan including on social media and ordered not to go within 200m (650ft) of her home. 

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