Home And Away heart-throb Lincoln Lewis faces off with catfish stalker


Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis has spoken of his despair after learning a woman had been duped into believing she had been in a relationship with him. 

Melbourne woman Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, was sentenced in June 2019 to a two-year, eight-month prison term for six counts of stalking, employing what one victim called ‘sick mind games’, impersonating the soap star. 

On Monday, Lewis faced off with Abdelmalek via video link in her County Court Of Victoria appeal against that sentence.  

The former Home and Away (pictured) star explained how powerless the catfishing left him, telling the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless

The former Home and Away (pictured) star explained how powerless the catfishing left him, telling the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless

Lydia Abdelmalek (right), and her father leave the County Court  of Victoria last year

Lydia Abdelmalek (right), and her father leave the County Court  of Victoria last year 

She was released with a $10,000 surety and directed to comply with strict social media restrictions.

So callous had Abdelmalek been during her original trial, she held an A4-sized photo of Lewis as her victims read out their impact statements. 

Lewis has told of the woman’s stress and panic after being told their supposed relationship was a fraud. 

‘Please tell me you’re lying,’ the woman pleaded with Lewis. 

Lewis told the court the woman believed they had been dating for the last couple of months. 

Using doctored images and a voice message from his own phone, police allege Abdelmalek had cruelly convinced her she had been dating Lewis.  

Lewis said Abdelmalek’s alleged victim became suspicious when face-to-face meetings supposedly with him would be cancelled. 

‘She was suspicious we wouldn’t see each other in person,’ he said. 

The woman, who had known Lewis when they were younger, had sent intimate videos and pictures to a number she believed to be him. 

‘I asked if she was okay. Her answer was a big, fat No,’  Lewis told the court. 

Lewis spoke to the frantic woman multiple times as more chilling information was revealed about Abdelmalek’s ruse. 

‘It freaked her out,’ Lewis said. ‘She was confused as to how it had happened.’

Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis is expected to be called to court to give evidence against a cruel catfisher

Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis is expected to be called to court to give evidence against a cruel catfisher

The hunter becomes the hunted: Lydia Abdelmalek leaves court in February last year with her barrister as reporters hit her with a barrage of questions

The hunter becomes the hunted: Lydia Abdelmalek leaves court in February last year with her barrister as reporters hit her with a barrage of questions

Tight lipped: Lydia Abdelmalek had nothing to say as she tried to escape a media pack that chased her and her father along Lonsdale Street outside the County Court of Victoria in February last year

Tight lipped: Lydia Abdelmalek had nothing to say as she tried to escape a media pack that chased her and her father along Lonsdale Street outside the County Court of Victoria in February last year

Lewis told the woman to call police as he hit Instagram and Twitter in September 2013 to inform his followers that he had not communicated with anyone via a fake Facebook profile. 

By then, he had learnt another woman had been duped using his identity.  

On Monday, Lewis was shown hundreds of images allegedly used by Abdelmalek to convince her victims she was him. 

Many had been doctored to show Lewis’ head on other bodies. 

Some showed a much younger Lewis taken by fans and friends. 

‘I wish I had pulled my shorts up a bit more in that shot,’ an embarrassed Lewis said of one image.  

Fake nude images were among the sickening photobook of deception. 

Lewis said the woman, who worked for a major airline at the time, had shared information with Abdelmalek about his actual home address and flyer bonus scheme. 

‘She apologised to me,’ Lewis said. ‘She believed she had been giving information to myself.’

Lewis described the situation as ‘scary’.

‘I wasn’t equipped to give her advice,’ he said. 

Lydia Abdelmalek has remained free in the community on appeal bail

Soap star Lincoln Lewis explained how powerless the catfishing left him, telling the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless

Soap star Lincoln Lewis explained how powerless the catfishing left him, telling the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless

Abdelmalek was seen taking notes throughout Lewis’ appearance on Monday. 

Since her release on appeal bail, Abdelmalek has been accused of attempting to bust up a married man’s relationship after becoming infatuated with him. 

She spent a short stint in jail after being locked up on April 22 amid fresh allegations she was again tormenting strangers. 

Abdelmalek faces a substantially longer term in jail should she be convicted again of her catfishing scam. 

Her appeal, which has already been running for weeks, was expected to take anywhere up to six weeks to reach its conclusion. 

Abdelmalek had pretended to be Lewis and used other aliases to stalk seven people for about four years from May 2011.

One of Abdelmalek’s victims took her own life, but wrote a statement beforehand outlining the trauma of being duped into believing the TV star was in love with her.

One of Abdelmalek's (pictured) victims took her own life last year, but wrote a statement beforehand outlining the trauma of being duped into believing the TV star was in love with her

One of Abdelmalek’s (pictured) victims took her own life last year, but wrote a statement beforehand outlining the trauma of being duped into believing the TV star was in love with her

The woman said she felt tortured for the ‘sick fascination, perverse pleasure and unhealthy satisfaction’ of her tormentor.

Another victim said she had turned from the life of the party to a recluse after what the sentencing magistrate described as ‘calculated and cruel’ offending.

Abdelmalek went as far as sending explicit images of the woman and vulgar messages to her father, mother, sister and brother-in-law.

Another woman, who was similarly scammed by the Lewis alias, said the ‘sick mind games’ turned her from the life of the party to a recluse. 

The former Home and Away star has explained how powerless the catfishing left him, telling the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless.

‘It kills your vibe, it ruins your day. It makes you feel powerless and it makes you feel s**t,’ he said. 

‘It just takes away your happiness because now I’ve got this constant thought in my mind that something’s happening that I’m powerless to stop or even find out.’ 

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