Model slams ‘depravity’ of high-flying Met Police detective who secretly filmed her naked using his anti-terror training to hide spy cameras in tissue boxes, phone chargers, glasses and keys as he pretended to be a glamour photographer
- Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, planted spy cameras in hotels and flats
- The cameras were hidden in everyday items, including tissue boxes, phone chargers, air fresheners, glasses, keys and headphones, to video his victims
- One victim, Kirsty Lee, 29, has revealed how she was wooed by ‘free flights’
- Model said she was deceived by Corbel, who posed as a pilot and photographer
- Police contacted her three years later to warn her they had found naked videos
- Corbel, a former counter-terrorism officer, admitted 19 counts of voyeurism
A model who was secretly filmed by a senior Metropolitan Police detective who posed as a fake glamour photographer has said she was left ‘disgusted’ by his sick actions.
Kirsty Lee, 29, from Brighton, posed for a luxury hotel photoshoot in April 2017 with a ‘pilot’ called ‘Harrison’ who claimed to have a side-job in photography.
Three years later, she received a shock call from police, who told her they had found naked videos of her changing in the luxury Westminster hotel bathroom taken that day.
Ms Lee then discovered ‘Harrison’ was in fact Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, a former Metropolitan police officer who specialised in anti-terrorism at the time.
Corbel posed as an airline pilot to book multiple women for photoshoots before planting the gadgets in hotel rooms, flats and Airbnbs across the London, Manchester and Brighton areas.
The cameras were hidden in everyday items, including tissue boxes, phone chargers, air fresheners, glasses, keys and headphones, to video his unsuspecting victims.
Ms Lee has waived her right to anonymity to share the horrifying consequences she has suffered following the ‘depravity’ of Corbel’s acts.
The model revealed the ‘shock and humiliation’ she felt after discovering the truth and slammed the former high flying officer’s ‘disgusting’ deeds.
She has also explained how she no longer ‘trusts’ photographers in her own profession, and is now insisting she conducts all her shoots from the safety of her own home.
Police found images of 51 women on Corbel’s hard drive in all, with 19 victims, including 16 models and three escorts, agreeing to make statements against him.
Corbel, a former counter-terrorism officer, has pleaded guilty to 19 counts of voyeurism. He will be sentenced later today.
Kirsty Lee, 29, from Brighton, posed for a luxury hotel photoshoot in April 2017 with a ‘pilot’ called ‘Harrison’ who claimed to have a side-job in photography. Three years later, she received a shock call from the Metropolitan Police, who told her they had found naked videos of her changing in the Westminster hotel bathroom taken that day
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, posed as an airline pilot to book women for photoshoots before planting the gadgets in hotel rooms, flats and Airbnbs across the London, Manchester and Brighton areas
In April 2017, Kirsty was invited to an amateur photoshoot in a five-star Westminster hotel by a man called ‘Harrison’ who had reached out to her private modelling page.
‘Harrison’, real name Corbel, offered the model cheap flights if the shoot went well, Ms Lee explained.
‘As soon as we got to the room, Harrison was really professional and talked through his ideas,’ she explained.
‘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.’
But, Kirsty wouldn’t hear back from Corbel and continued modelling as normal until she received a call from the Met out of the blue three years later in June 2020.
Officers asked her to identify herself in a series of videos they had obtained. She was then asked if she knew a man by the name of ‘Harrison’, and immediately remembered the so-called pilot.
In April 2017, Kirsty (pictured) was invited to an amateur photoshoot in a five-star Westminster hotel by a man called ‘Harrison’ who had reached out to her private modelling page
‘They then showed me a video of me naked, changing in the hotel bathroom’. she said.
‘He had hidden cameras on the ceiling and had secretly filmed me changing. I felt so violated and told them I hadn’t consented.’
Reflecting on her experience, Kirsty added: ‘He seemed friendly and professional. 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. I hope he gets a long time in prison.
‘How could someone with so much power do this to innocent women? Now, I’m terrified of photographers and have lost trust in my profession.
‘I refuse to go to any photoshoots and I only work from home. 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.’
It comes as another model who was secretly filmed by Neil Corbel’s spy cameras revealed she has been left with bald spots after pulling out her hair, a court heard.
He has been suspended by the Met, where he was attached to the Continuous Policing Improvement Command.
Judge Martin Edmunds QC will sentence him at Isleworth Crown Court later today for the offences – which took place between January 2017 and February 2020.
Three of the women, who cannot be identified because they are victims of sexual offences, attended court to face the former counter-terrorism officer as they read their victim impact statements.
One model, who agreed to pose for a ‘fashion and artistic nude shoot’, was visibly angry as she told Corbel his crimes had ‘affected every aspect of my life’.
‘I have pulled so much of my hair out with stress I have bald spots and have had to turn down work,’ she said, showing her scalp to the court.
‘Women, especially models and sex workers, tend to struggle to report sex crimes to police.
‘He knew we were potentially easy, quiet prey. So, how can I tell women to trust police when this man has shaken my beliefs?’
Another model said: ‘The fact the defendant is a police officer has scared me and shocked me. He’s supposed to enforce the law, not break it.
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, leaving Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London on November 2
‘I expect he knows how to deal with people, and he’s used his knowledge, experience and training to manipulate me.
‘He was so charming and believable in his role. I just ask myself what else was he capable of?’
A third woman, who went on a date with Corbel, said he came across as ‘genuine and charming’.
‘The way Neil lied and completely made up a different life still sticks in my mind a lot,’ she said.
‘A man with his intelligence would’ve known he could reach out for help rather than manipulate women for his own kicks.’
Other victims, who were not in court, mentioned the case of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, who was snatched off the street before being raped and murdered by Met Pc Wayne Couzens, 48.
‘The fact that he is a policeman is a huge deal,’ said one.
‘These people are meant to protect us. Following the murder of Sarah Everard this feels like a very frightening time to be a woman.
‘Sex work can be dangerous, though I’m lucky in this is the first form of violence I have experienced at work.
‘If you can’t trust police officers, then what are we supposed to do?’
Another said: ‘Finding out about this was a total shock to the system. I don’t want to point the finger at all police officers, but they are meant to be there to protect you.
‘Especially with the Sarah Everard case, it is difficult to know who to trust. I don’t feel protected right now.
‘I was oblivious to his wrongdoing and I imagine the other victims were.’
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