Geri Horner threatened with assassination on stage by Admiral Duncan nail bomber
Geri Horner has claimed that the Admiral Duncan nail bomber planned to assassinate her on stage because of her friendship with George Michael.
The Spice Girl famously staged her first solo performance after leaving the band at the 2000 Brit Awards, singing Bag It Up after emerging from between a giant pair of inflatable legs.
However, she has now revealed that police warned her not to perform after she was issued with a death threat from jailed neo-Nazi David Copeland.
Geri, 48, told The Sun: ‘He threatened to shoot me, and hated the fact I hung out with the gays, and was friends with George Michael.
‘He hated me for camping it up, for loving the gays and for being friends with George. I told him to do one.’
The singer said that Scotland Yard were involved after she received the threat, and police advised her to pull out of the Brits.
However, Geri stood firm, and said she would ‘not be bullied’, adding: ‘We are judged by what we do, not what we say – and I will always stand with my friends.’
Extra security was put in place at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, where Geri performed with a group of shirtless men covered in glitter for an incredibly camp performance.
At the end of the performance, staged on March 3, 2000, men in pink briefs waved Union Jack flags before hoisting Geri into the air.
The Look At Me singer was close friends with George Michael, and a month after his death on Christmas Day 2016, she named her son Montague George after the star.
Copeland was a self-proclaimed homophobe and racist, and in over a two-week period in April 1999, he detonated three homemade bombs across London, intended to target the black, Bangladeshi and LGBTQ communities in the city.
The first bomb was set off in Brixton, south London, while the second was set off on Brick Lane in east London.
The final bomb, containing 1,500 nails, was left at the gay bar Admiral Duncan in Soho, and the blast killed Andrea Dykes, 27, who was pregnant, and friends John Light, 32, and Nik Moore, 31, from Essex.
Hundreds more people were injured in the bombings, with a number of victims losing limbs.
Copeland, then 22, was tried at the Old Bailey in 2000 for murder after the prosecution refused to accept his plea of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds that he was suffering a mental illness – paranoid schizophrenia.
In June 2000, he was convicted of murder and given six concurrent life sentences.
In 2011, the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that decided Copeland should remain in prison until 2049 at the earliest, when he would be 73.
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