Charges against a “celebrity hugger” reality tv superfan have been dropped on medical grounds after months of court appearances.
Tania Macintosh, 26, was accused of harassing Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Wayne Woodward and assaulting his sister.
Macintosh, of Hartland Road, Morden was said to have repeatedly asked the 23 year-old singer, who was second in the 2016 series, for a ‘cuddle and a kiss’ at public engagements.
Croydon Magistrates Court heard a thirty-page psychiatric report had been prepared on Macintosh, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Macintosh appeared in the dock wearing a t-shirt sporting a photograph of herself hugging X-Factor judge Louis Walsh and carrying a notebook emblazoned with images of Woodward, a photo of whom she also had on her keyring.
She was charged with pursuing a course of conduct amounting to the harassment of Woodward between May 27 and July 8, last year in the Sutton area.
This consists of repeatedly requesting a “cuddle and kiss” at public events knowing he did not wish to and causing damage to his vehicle on June 17 by removing his car’s number plate and turning up unannounced at his address and continually contacting him by telephone.
Macintosh was also charged with assaulting his sister Maxine Woodward in Sutton on July 8 by beating.
Wayne and girlfriend Abbie Jarvis announced in March last year they were having a baby boy, which he intended naming Frank, after his hero Sinatra.
After finishing as runner-up in 2016 to musician Richard Jones he failed to land a deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
Despite this Woodward released the album N.U.M.B and single Animal last summer.