Baby Reindeer real-life ‘Martha’ demands million-dollar payout for Piers Morgan interview

Georgina Noack
The Nightly
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The woman claiming to be the real-life Martha from the Netflix smash hit Baby Reindeer has slammed Piers Morgan for paying her a “piddling” sum for her sit-down interview on his program Uncensored.
The woman claiming to be the real-life Martha from the Netflix smash hit Baby Reindeer has slammed Piers Morgan for paying her a “piddling” sum for her sit-down interview on his program Uncensored. Credit: Max Corstorphan/Twitter: @piersmorgan

The woman claiming to be the real-life Martha from the Netflix smash hit Baby Reindeer has slammed Piers Morgan for paying her a ‘’piddling” sum for her sit-down interview on his program Uncensored.

Fiona Harvey, who is believed to have inspired the show’s stalker character, is reportedly unimpressed that she was paid only £250 ($A475) for the exclusive interview on Morgan’s YouTube show that has clocked more than 11 million views since it aired on Thursday.

Now the 58-year-old has announced she wants more money from the show, which has reportedly already made at least £250,000 ($A475,000) from the interview — and will continue to make more money every time it is viewed.

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“They offered me £250 and I asked if that was what they paid everyone and, if so, I wanted to see documentation to that effect,” she told the Daily Record.

“That documentation has not been forthcoming. I have not signed a contract for the interview and I will be seeking far more than a piddling £250.”

Ms Harvey said she would “settle for a million” pounds for the interview — or more than $A1.9 million.

After the near-hour-long sit-down interview, Ms Harvey lashed out at Morgan, calling him a “twerp” and a “bully”. She told the Daily Record any sympathies Morgan claimed to have for her was “a big act”.

But Morgan defended the interview during an appearance on the Aussie radio show Hughesy, Ed, and Erin on Wednesday, saying that Ms. Harvey was paid the same “as 95 percent of our guests”.

“I won’t say what it was, but we also paid for her to have a nice haircut, we got her a nice car and so on. I think we treated her very fairly and reasonably,” he said.

The veteran journalist said he still has a lot of questions after the viral interview, particularly whether Ms Harvey was ever convicted and jailed for stalking in real life as the Baby Reindeer character that she claims to have inspired was.

“And, at the moment, we are three, four weeks into this series being aired on Netflix. No journalist in the world has managed to find out if there’s any conviction whatsoever,” Morgan said.

“If that’s the case, Netflix’s claim at the start of every episode that this is a true story is not true and she’ll be suing.”

Baby Reindeer was sold as being based on creator Richard Gadd’s (as Donny, left) real-life experience of being stalked by Martha Scott (right, played by Jessica Gunning) and sexually assaulted in his 20s.
Baby Reindeer was sold as being based on creator Richard Gadd’s (as Donny, left) real-life experience of being stalked by Martha Scott (right, played by Jessica Gunning) and sexually assaulted in his 20s. Credit: Wenlei Ma/Netflix

Ms Harvey previously declared her intention to sue Netflix and the Baby Reindeer creator, British comedian Richard Gadd, over the breakout series which was sold as being based on his real-life experience of being stalked and sexually assaulted in his 20s.

It portrays serial assailant, Martha Scott — who Ms Harvey claims she inspired — as being jailed for stalking before meeting Gadd’s character, Donny, and again for stalking him. She denies these claims.

Ms Harvey also denies claims her character barraged Gadd’s with thousands of emails and hundreds of voice messages, letters and social media messages.

Ms Harvey told the Daily Record: “If I can’t get that show to shut down easily, if they don’t give me the money – and I’m talking £1 million – ­politicians will shut the show down.”

Morgan told the Hughesy, Ed and Erin Show he was certain Ms Harvey would receive a large cheque if she took the Baby Reindeer creator and distributors to court.

“Now, it doesn’t mean I believe everything Fiona Harvey told me, I think she was lying a lot throughout the interview,” he said, saying he did believe she did send messages to Gadd, as accused.

“(But) it’s not illegal to send people messages, it’s illegal to criminally stalk somebody. But if she has not been found guilty of that, then where does this lead not just Netflix but Richard Gadd and Clerkenwell Films that made the production – they are all in a very different position. Ultimately, if that one big fact is not true, I think it’s a huge defamation.”

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