HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — In a YouTube video posted on Monday, NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan and her boyfriend, Chase Cabre, told the world about how they have been the target of online harassment and death threats.
The death threats were specifically targeted toward her boyfriend by an infatuated fan who was “catfished” by a fake Hailie Deegan account.
The individual was led by the fake Deegan account to believe that Cabre was abusing Deegan, and the person threatened to kill Deegan’s boyfriend.
This person became known to Deegan when he sent a rambling letter to her team’s race shop in Mooresville describing his supposed “relationship” with her and later posting an Instagram video with a chilling message to Deegan’s boyfriend.
“Boy, I swear to (expletive) God if you ain’t out of North Carolina before the sun goes down, you’re guaranteed you’re gonna see my (expletive) face and that my face is the last thing you’re ever gonna see….I guarantee you that.”
Deegan, realizing that the person lives near her race shop and her home, decided that this was a serious threat and began to take action to protect herself and her boyfriend.
“This guy’s very persistent on social media. He messages over and over…probably minimum 100 times a day. A prior boss actually reached out to one Chase’s family members and got in contact with Chase just to warn him of the situation because at work, he was always talking about how he was going to kill Chase and how much he hates Chase,” Deegan said in the YouTube video.
She also chose to skip the Freedom 500, a much-hyped event at a local track in Florida, while getting law enforcement involved in trying to figure out how to resolve the threat.
Law enforcement officials are watching Deegan’s property, and she also is now traveling with more security as they work with law enforcement officials to build a strong case against the suspect.