A Derry teenager has issued a personal plea to One Direction’s Niall Horan to help stop Twitter trolls who have directed death threats and abuse towards her.
Levi Temple (15) said she had been left traumatised by a campaign of hate which snowballed after an incident at a 1D concert in Belfast on Thursday night.
Water was thrown from and on to the stage in what Levi and others had taken to be good-natured fun between the band and fans during the packed concert at the Odyssey Arena.
It’s understood that after 1D band member Louis threw some water towards Levi and her friends, some of the girls, including Levi, reciprocated, but she later revealed on Twitter that the water she threw and meant for Louis had hit Niall by mistake.
Video footage of the incident has been circulated which shows Niall being splashed on the side with water and walking to the other side of the stage, removing what appeared to be an electric guitar in the process.
Fans and some media also claimed that the Irish member of the band was almost electrocuted in the incident, but there has been no official sources claiming this.
Levi told the Journal that abuse she suffered had left her horrified and that the whole episode had become “blown out of proportion”.
“I would never want to cause even a wee bit of harm.
“There is no way I would have thrown the water if they hadn’t thrown it first. They gave me the idea to do that,” she said.
“Louis threw the water at me and I threw if back up and it hit Niall, because they had moved about.
There’s people saying they are not forgiving me until Niall forgives, me so I am trying my hardest to get it across to Niall.Levi Temple
Speaking about the social media backlash that followed the incident, Levi said: “I was shocked I saw so many people saying ‘you let the crowd down’ because Niall walked off and I felt I had to apologise to Niall and to the fans.
“I am so hopeful Niall sees my message. There’s people saying they are not forgiving me until Niall forgives, me so I am trying my hardest to get it across to Niall.
“The first two days it happened I was absolutely traumatised, I was horrified. There were people telling me to turn on my locations so they could see where I live. They were saying really, really nasty things; really bad things.”
On the flipside, since Levi’s mother Michelle made a public plea for the abuse to stop, there has now also been a lot of support expressed.
“When my mammy put out that statement there were people saying, ‘We forgive you’. Maybe now if Niall came out and said like ‘I forgive her’, everything would calm down.”
Levi’s mother Michlle said her daughterhad received “death threats and hate mail from all over the world.”
She wrote at the weekend: “As a mother of a 15-year-old die hard 1D fan, I am extremely concerned for her well being as she has refused to leave the house since this all started.
“Myself and Levi want all this to stop and because she loves 1D so much she wants Niall and the rest of the band to know she would never in her wildest dreams want to hurt any of them.”
Speaking yesterday, Michelle said the situation has calmed down somewhat after several days of hell for them.
“It was scary how people, and especially young ones, could be so evil, and none of them were from Derry.”