A Beyonce tribute act has received death threats ahead of a Durham Pride performance.
Police confirmed a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill , ahead of the LBGT event this weekend.
Leanne Harper, 31, from Sheffield faced backlash online as people accused her of ‘blacking up’ over her stage make up and fake tan.Critics slammed her look as being racist online, which led to her receiving death threats.
The singer, who has been performing as ‘Beeyonce’ for eight years said she was shocked by the backlash.She told Chronicle Live
“Never in all the years have I had anything like this before. I only put on St Tropez tan like I would for a night out,” .
“I want to look my best, I never thought of it in that way before. It is heartbreaking to think that people think like that.”
“I am a mum, my husband is asking me ‘do I really need to be doing this especially with everything that has happened?’
“But I want to, I want to say no to hatred and take part in pride, I love pride, I love Durham Pride. I have performed there for years.”
A Durham Police spokeswoman said: “A 20-year-old Durham man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill following comments made on social media.
“He has since been cautioned for racially aggravated public order.”