STRIDING into a plush five-star hotel in central London, model Kirsty Lee was looking forward to her upcoming photoshoot.
Two weeks previously she’d been contacted by a budding photographer called Harrison who was looking to boost his portfolio, and made the trip up from Brighton to meet him.
Kirsty Lee was lured to a photoshoot by a perverted police officer posing as a budding photographer[/caption]
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel used hidden cameras to secretly film innocent women[/caption]
The shoot went well and Kirsty thought little more about it – until three years later when she received a chilling phone call from the Metropolitan police.
They told Kirsty they had intimate video footage of her, taken by a man called Harrison, who had secretly filmed her naked while she got changed in the bathroom during their shoot.
The officers then told her that his name wasn’t Harrison – he was Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, a high-ranking Met Police officer who specialised in anti-terrorism.
Police found hours of footage where perverted Corbel had used cameras disguised as alarm clocks, watches, air fresheners and tissue boxes to film women he’d lured under false pretences.
Kirsty told The Sun: “I was in so much shock. It was really humiliating.
“Now I know the truth, I feel disgusted knowing a high-end police officer was capable of such depravity.
“It has made me lose faith in the police force, as well as my own profession.”
“Now I’m terrified of photographers – I refuse to go to any photoshoots and I only work from home.”
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Kirsty became a professional model when she was 18 and appeared in magazines, newspapers, TV shows and adverts.
She says: “I did everything from glamour to catalogue.
“When I wasn’t modelling for big brands, I used websites that specialised in amateur photographers.
“It was usually men who did photography as a hobby or they were just starting out.
“They’d message my profile under my modelling name, Penny, and set up a shoot.”
‘Pilot with passion for photography’
Kirsty was contacted by Corbel – who claimed to be a pilot with a side-line in photography – in April 2017.
She said: “He seemed friendly and professional. He asked if I was free for a shoot in London.
“He said he was a pilot and could get me cheap flights if the shoot went well too.
“I checked his reviews from other models and he had great feedback.
“I was excited.”
Two weeks later, Kirsty travelled to London for the photoshoot and met him at a five-star hotel in Westminster.
I feel disgusted knowing a high-end police officer was capable of such depravity. It has made me lose faith in the police force, as well as my own profession
Kirsty said: “As soon as we got to the room, he was really professional and talked through his ideas.
“While he set up the cameras and equipment, I grabbed a heap of clothes and headed into the bathroom to change.
“Then for the next few hours, I went in and out of the bathroom to change into different outfits.
“It went really well.”
After that day, Kirsty didn’t hear from Corbel again and continued modelling as normal.
Grim phone call
Three years later, in June 2020, she received a phone call from the Metropolitan police.
She says: “They said they had some footage of me taken by a man and they needed me to identify myself in it.
“Confused, I agreed. When we met they asked if I remembered a man named Harrison.
“I immediately remembered the pilot and told them yes. They then showed me a video of me naked, changing in the hotel bathroom.
“Harrison had hidden cameras on the ceiling and had secretly filmed me changing.
“I felt so violated and told them I hadn’t consented.”
They then showed me a video of me naked, changing in the hotel bathroom… now I’m terrified of photographers
After that, Kirsty soon discovered Corbel had secretly filmed other models and women too.
In September last year, Corbel pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism against Kirsty at Westminster Magistrates’ court.
He also pleaded guilty to 18 counts of voyeurism against other women.
Corbel is due to be sentenced this month at Isleworth Crown Court.
Kirsty says: “I hope he gets a long time in prison.
“How could someone with so much power do this to innocent women?
“I believe those photographer websites should’ve vetted ‘Harrison’ properly.
“If you’re a model, please be wary and overcautious when you’re booking shoots to stay safe.”