Man accused of playing cruel prank on woman explains text
A DUTCHMAN accused of tricking a Brit woman into flying to Amsterdam for a "pull a pig" joke claims he would only have texted her that to describe how they had sex.
The Sun reports Sophie Stevenson, 24, today said she has been left "humiliated" after being stood up at Amsterdam airport by Jesse Mateman, who sent her the message: "You were pigged."
He added two pig images plus a laughing face and wrote: "It was all a joke."
Having previously denied having had any relationship with her, his lawyer has now admitted the pair did have sex while they were in Spain.
In the latest statement from Yehudi Moszkowicz, representing Jesse, 21, he said: "Mateman was in Barcelona with a number of friends and met Mrs Stevenson there.
"Indeed, they have a so-called 'one night stand' which has taken place in her hotel room, but Mateman did not spend the night.
"The contact was very short-lived and not of amorous nature.
"It has been a volatile sexual contact, as it happens more often between young people of this age on vacation."
He added that the text messages published "do not come from him".
He said: "If Mateman use the word pig in text message to Stevenson - which he cannot remember - it could only have been send during his stay in Spain and can only relate to the way in which they had sex."
Appearing on ITV's This Morning today, Sophie questioned what she would gain from making the story up.
She said: "It's embarrassing, it's humiliating. The only reason I've spoken out about this is because I don't want this to happen to other girls."
Yehudi Moszkowicz, representing Jesse, told MailOnline: "Jesse has admitted to a one-night stand with this girl.
"He did not stay the night with her and there was no romance. He had no contact with her after they left Barcelona. It was a one-night stand.
"He did not send her any text messages and they did not speak on the phone. The text messages that have been published were not sent by Mr Mateman."
Today Sophie, of Stoke, told how she met the Dutchman on a rooftop terrace bar in Barcelona while caught up in August's terror attack.
She says she slept with Jesse, 21, in what she called a "proper romance" after the traumatised pair struck up a friendship while with pals at the Pension Solarium - a one minute walk from the horror that killed 13 people.
She told The Sun: "We slept together in Barcelona and when I came back to the UK, we carried on talking every day.
"We talked about having a long distance relationship."
Describing the moment she found out she had been pranked, Sophie told This Morning she "instantly" felt sick.
She said: "I waited at the airport for 2 and a half hours. I was a mess, feeling absolutely petrified and was crying my eyes out.
"He finally messaged me back. At first I thought he's going to tell me something had happened and he's on his way.
"Then I opened the message and it said you've been pigged. It was all a joke.
"It upsets me more [that he is denying it]."
Earlier, 21-year-old Jesse claimed he is the victim of a "witch hunt" as he revealed his family have been threatened.
He told Dutch website Metro: "That whole story is fully invented.
"I do not know that whole game and nobody in my area. I'm just being broken here. After that piece on Geenstijl are my parents, my sister and I threatened. It's a witch hunt."
But Jesse, who admitted meeting Sophie in Barcelona, had previously claimed they never slept together and "were not in love".
He also claimed he never spoke to Sophie again after their first meeting in the Spanish city.
But bar supervisor Sophie said she forked out £350 (AU$594) on a 643km trip to be with her lover in Amsterdam when she was apparently stood up at the airport.
She flew from Manchester on September 29 and was messaging Jesse just minutes before she took off.
But when she arrived in Amsterdam, she discovered he wasn't there to pick her up as planned and was ignoring her calls.
Heartbroken Sophie waited for two hours at the airport and explained she "was really starting to panic and feel abandoned".
She heard from him via his abusive messages six hours later at a hotel after making her own way there on a shuttle bus.
Sophie replied: "How could you be so cruel though!"
He promptly blocked her on social media, she said.
Sophie said: "Pulling a pig is where a guy tries to pull the fat, ugly girl. I felt sick."
The 24-year-old added: "All my friends and family cannot believe someone could be so cruel.
"It's one thing to have a joke, but this goes well beyond banter."
After Jesse sent Sophie the message, she headed back home the next morning.
Devastated Sophie said: "When I saw that message, I wanted to be sick.
"I was in a foreign country, on my own and the guy that I liked had just abandoned me.
"I replied and said 'how could you be so cruel' and all he did was block me. I just couldn't believe it."
She added: "I am furious that this happened and it's so dangerous.
"I want people to know what happened to me so that this never happens to anyone else."
'I WANT TO KILL HIM'
Her mum and dad earlier told Sun Online they wanted to "kill" Jesse for what he had apparently done to their daughter.
Sophie's dad Andrew Stevenson said his daughter, who has been single for around 12 months, had been so excited about flying out meet Jesse.
The 53-year-old told Sun Online: "As soon as I heard I wanted to go over there and find him.
"It would be awful for it to happen to anybody, but for it to happen to my daughter is disgusting. It's awful to think of.
"She is a beautiful, confident, gorgeous girl and how dare that b*****d do anything like this."
Andrew said finding out about the "sick" game was worse than waiting to hear from his daughter during the terror attack.
Her mum Julie Stevenson, 50, revealed she wanted to "kill" the sick prankster for leaving her daughter heartbroken and devoid of confidence.
She told Sun Online: "I want to kill him. He's really sick.
"I certainly hope he has his comeuppance and realises what he has done. He can't be allowed to get away with it.
"The police will say he has done nothing wrong but he has. Morally it's deplorable how he treated my daughter.
"When she called me in floods of tears after waiting three hours at the airport I told her to come straight home.
"But the next flight she could get on wasn't until the next day. I was sick with worry that night that she might do something to herself. She was in such a dark place.
"I have been living every moment of this with her and it's really horrible."
Julie explained how when Sophie had returned home from Barcelona, the pair spoke every single day and it seemed "very serious".
Excited Sophie would run upstairs to chat to Jesse and planned the trip to Amsterdam because he "couldn't wait" to see her again.
Julie fumed: "It's unbelievable that he kept in daily contact with her to then leave her at the airport. The amount of planning to pull such a sick joke beggars belief.
"She was crying after three hours and just devastated when she got that message.
"It has completely knocked her confidence.
"Hopefully Sophie will get over this. She has been so unlucky to run into such a monster."
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