A man who called Eddie Izzard a ‘f***ing poofter’ after he refused to give him a lift in his car is facing jail.
Jamie Penny, 24, threatened to ‘do’ the celebrity’s house after he turned down his request to give him and a friend a lift in his classic Volkswagen Beetle convertible.
The 54-year-old comedian was then threatened by the defendant as he was bombarded with homophobic abuse a month later.
Penny, who is due to be sentenced today, was found guilty of two counts of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour after a trial at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court last week.
The court heard how the stand-up was putting bags in his car near his home in Pimlico when he was approached by two men.
He said: ‘There were two males, a slimmer one, and a heavier set one I now know to be Jamie Penny.
‘The slimmer one lent in my face. He was right in my face.
‘It felt very aggressive and he said: “You should take me for a ride in your car.”
‘I replied: “I will never take you for a ride in this car.”
Penny then warned him: ‘We are going to do your house when you’re away, we are going to do your house.’
Mr Izzard told the court he swore at the pair as he railed against the ‘hundreds of thousands of years of transgender people being aggressively attacked.’
He added: ‘I just thought how dare you say that. I was very edgy, put-upon, threatened.’
Penny had then launched into a homophobic tirade on May 4 after bumping into Izzard as the comedian was walking back from Sainsburys on Gillingham Street, Victoria.
Mr Izzard said: ‘I then heard shouting from the other side of the road.
‘It was Jamie Penny, he was shouting” “Izzard you’re a f***ing poofter, you’re an idiot.”
Mr Izzard told the court he just stood his ground.
Penny admitted criminal damage after damaging the Belgravia custody suite by scratching his name in the door with a zip.
The defendant had demanded an adjournment at an earlier hearing to get an ‘autistic aware’ solicitor after claiming to have ADHD and autism.
Magistrate Nick Tarry told Penny last week: ‘Mr Izzard was near his home and felt vulnerable.
‘He was minding his own business.
‘We believe you intended to make him feel threatened, harassed and distressed.’
Penny, of Tintern House, Abbots Manor Estate, Pimlico, denied but was convicted of two counts of threatening and abusive words or behaviour.
He also admitted criminal damage and sending offensive messages.