According to the New York Post, Central Park dog walker, Amy Cooper, was also (allegedly) a stalker!
Martin Priest, a former friend who met her in 2003, says Cooper developed romantic feelings for him and began “stalking” and “harassing” him when he didn’t respond to her advances. This led him to report her to the police, twice, once in once in NYC and another time in New Jersey. He said,
“The longer I avoided her, the angrier she got.”
He also says, once when he told her he voted for Barack Obama, she said she couldn’t “believe” it.
Cooper eventually filed a lawsuit, against Priest in 2015 alleging he was an ex-boyfriend who bilked her out of $65,000 after an alleged affair with her and two other women.
Priest said the allegations were a “complete fabrication.”
“It caused me to lose my job, it was a difficult situation and unjustly alienated me from friends and family.”
When Priest saw Cooper in the now-viral video showing her threatening to call the police on Christian Cooper he said he wasn’t surprised,
“I feel very badly for Mr. Cooper.
I was not shocked in the least the speed with which she jumped all over the victim card to put [Christian Cooper] in the maximum amount of danger, it was just an instinct to her.”
The Post tried to contact Cooper, but all requests went unanswered. In 2015, though, they ran a story that characterized Priest as,
“The Don Juan of Wall Street.
A smooth-talking trader who allegedly romanced three women simultaneously is being sued by a spurned lover who claims he broke her heart — and her bank account.”
Priest just told The NY Daily News,
“I never had a romantic relationship with her, period. She purposely engineered false allegations against me. And she made up allegations targeting my family’s physical safety.”
Cooper claimed in her fraud lawsuit that Priest struck up a romantic relationship with her that lasted from 2008 until 2012 while hiding the fact he was “still residing with his wife” as a married couple.
Her complaint states, when she found out the wife was pregnant, she ended the relationship,
“while still holding feeling for him.”
According to The Daily News,
Cooper also claims Priest later threatened her life, warning her she should “keep the fuck out of (his) life” or she “would get hurt.”
“The fraud perpetrated against plaintiff by defendant was gross, and involved high moral culpability,” Cooper’s lawsuit says.
The lawsuit was dismissed in March 2018 after all parties failed to appear at back-to-back hearings, online court records show.
Priest’s attorney Christopher Bechtle, who represented him when Cooper sued, called Cooper’s allegations,
“bizarre and wildly untrue.”
Priest said his friendship with Cooper was a never-ending
“cycle of drama.”