Here is a little interlude. Call it a public service announcement.'I won’t be doing THAT again': Twitter troll sorry for abusing boxer who then turned up at his door
Cyber-bully who targeted Curtis Woodhouse also abused Victoria Beckham, Davina McCall, Katie Price, Lennox Lewis, Rio Ferdinand and Michelle Keegan
This is the Twitter troll who got the shock of his life when a boxer he had been abusing turned up in his street.
Shamefaced cyber bully James O’Brien yesterday issued a grovelling public apology to professional fighter Curtis Woodhouse for spending months taunting the former footballer on the micro blogging site.
It has now emerged the boxer was not the only celebrity to fall victim to the cowardly tweeter’s obscene rants.
He has also targeted Victoria Beckham, Davina McCall, Katie Price, Lennox Lewis, Rio Ferdinand and Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, sending them all vile messages.
Curtis, 32, was so enraged with the foul-mouthed abuse that he offered a £1,000 reward to any of his 18,000 followers who could help him find the culprit.
After his plea paid off he drove 60 miles from his home in Driffield, East Yorkshire, on Monday night to the ‘keyboard warrior’s’ address and tweeted a picture of his street in South Yorkshire.
When tracked down by the Daily Mirror about his disgusting behaviour the following day, embarrassed O’Brien said: “I’m sorry.”
Mr O’Brien, 24, who was in bed at midday after working a night shift, said: “I really regretted it. You see, all of my mates were egging me on to say things.
“It was just a bit of fun but it got really our of hand. I couldn’t believe it when I realised he was coming here.”
In response to the outrage his offensive tweets to celebrities has caused, he added: “I won’t be doing it again and I would like to apologise for my actions again.
“I’d tell other people to think twice about doing this kind of thing because you never know what the consequences will be.
“Now I just look silly.”
The internet bully said he was desperately trying to delete his profile from Twitter.
He said: “I’ve been trying to delete my account since last night but for some reason my phone won’t let me.
“I just can’t believe how out of hand the whole thing has got.
"I was at work when Curtis came here so I wasn’t home but my phone was ringing off the hook. It was crazy.”
Messages he sent to Curtis, who played for Hull City and Sheffield United, included: “retire immediately cant even defend a pathetic little title you are a complete disgrace #awfulboxer”.
After this appeared the boxer threatened to track him down, he tweeted; “chill out pal i was only doing it so you would bite back it was only a bit of harmless fun.”
Then he was left in shock when Curtis tweeted a picture of a street sign on the road which ‘Jimbob’ lives with the words, ‘Right Jimbob im here’, adding: ‘Someone tell me what number he lives at or do I have to knock on every door £itsshowtime.’
Quickly backtracking, Jimmyob88 tweeted: ‘I am sorry it’s getting a bit out of hand,’ he tweeted. ‘I am in the wrong. I accept that.’
Woodhouse - dubbed the Driffield Destroyer - eventually went home, and later jokingly tweeted: ‘Just found out you can block people. Could have let me know earlier, I could have saved 20 quid in petrol.’
Since the drama unfolded Curtis Woodhouse has 5,000 more followers - including Lennox Lewis and John Prescott - who applauded the fight back.
Boxing giant Lennox Lewis had also been targeted by O’Brien who had threatened to give the heavyweight a “knuckle butty.”
The former world heavyweight champion tweeted: ‘Ha! I LOVE this story about @woodhousecurtis paying a visit to a £keyboardwarrior on Twitter.’
And former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott - who once famously punched a heckler for throwing an egg at him - tweeted: ‘THIS is how we deal with things in Hull.
Boxer @WoodhouseCurtis tracks down a Twitter troll to his street!’
Other victims of twitter trolls also thanked the boxer for taking action and passed on their own experiences of other trolls with one revealing: “I had someone wish my family die of cancer.
"Beyond belief. Just evil.”
- Mr O'Brien apologised to Mr Woodhouse live on television today.
Appearing on ITV's Daybreak he said: "I was really childish. Looking back on it, I realised that I had done a wrong thing," he said.
"I can only offer my deepest apologies to anyone I ever abused on Twitter. I've let everyone down - friends, family - and I do feel really embarrassed."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5xnmvnEwuI