A taxi driver has admitted harassing Jemima Khan

A taxi driver has admitted bombarding Jemima Khan with more than 1,000 phone calls and messages.

Hassan Mahmood, 27, pleaded guilty to carrying out a campaign of harassment for more than a year. Isleworth Crown Court heard he became obsessed with the 43-year-old after she posed for a “selfie” with him.

Mahmood got the journalist’s number when she ordered a taxi through booking app Hailo, the court heard. He called her mobile phone 1,182 times, sent her 203 text messages and sent her “loads” of WhatsApp messages.

Prosecutor Ruxana Ali said the defendant told Khan, who is also known by her maiden name Goldsmith, that he “loved her”, “wanted to know her” and asked her “why he could not be friends with her”.

Ali said Mahmood used 18 different mobile phones to contact her. Khan, who is the daughter of the late billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith and sister of MP Zac Goldsmith, finally spoke to police after Mahmood told her he wanted to visit her home.

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