Revealed: Girl in the racy email that landed ex-public schoolboys in hot waterBy Natalie Clarke
Jenni Palmer, the girl at the centre of a 'viral' email exchange between two ex-public schoolboys, is shown posing provocatively for pictures
Jenni Palmer, 24, has not been seen at the primary school where she teaches since private messages about her became the talk of the internet.
Her social networking pages have been taken down and her parents – her father is thought to be a doctor – have left the family home in Leicestershire. They are believed to have travelled to London for crisis talks with their daughter.
Just a week ago, Miss Palmer enjoyed a carefree existence at the house she shares in upmarket Fulham with her 25-year-old ex-boyfriend, Harry Fildes, and another friend.
Then Mr Fildes’s comments about her to his friend Sebastian Marsh were relayed to millions around the world. Despite describing Miss Palmer as ‘hot’, Mr Fildes said he disliked her and claimed she had messed a number of people around.
Last night one of Miss Palmer’s friends said the publicity had been devastating.
‘Jenni is in bits,’ the friend added. ‘The attention has got unbearable – she’s never had to deal with anything like this before. Despite the way she’s been portrayed, she is not a bad person.’
Miss Palmer’s plight became worse when a picture of her showing her underpants and being spanked by another blonde was posted on the internet. A second image shows her cheek to cheek with a girl whose tongue is poking out lasciviously. And a third has her wearing a backless top and staring provocatively at the camera.
Not, perhaps, the behaviour expected of a primary school teacher whose parents, David and Sarah, live in a secluded close of detached houses in a charming village near Market Harborough.
But if she ought to have known better, it is even more true of the two men who discussed her in such vulgar terms.
Miss Palmer's plight became worse when a picture of her showing her underpants and being spanked by another blonde was posted on the internet
Mr Fildes’s reply was forthright: ‘I don’t dislike many people but she is one.
‘She massively messed me around, she also messed a few of my mates from uni around, so I should have known better! Feel free to pursue yes, she is HOT!’
Undeterred, Mr Marsh responded: ‘Oh she sounds brilliant ... just the sort of thing I am looking for in the summer months.
‘My defences are up and I am up for the challenge ... Have you got an email address!? I won’t tell her you gave it to me!!’
Mr Fildes replied: ‘Feel free by all means just don’t say I gave you her email! Good luck – you’ll need it!’
He then made the mistake of accidentally copying Miss Palmer into the email, allowing her to read the entire, excruciating exchange.
Or as he put it later: ‘**** - I ccD her in! I still live with her and that’s why I’m in so so much trouble, we didn’t get on before so this will be the final nail in the coffin. F**!!!!!!’
Mr Marsh thought his friend’s slip was so funny that he forwarded it to a few of his closest friends, who in turn forwarded it to their friends and so on as the email went ‘viral’.
Within hours it had been read by thousands and, within days, by millions more worldwide.
Jenni Palmer's friends say she is devastated by the attention she has received after the email exchange and the release of photos like this
A keen footballer, he still plays for his old school side, describing himself as ‘prolific on and off the pitch’.
Mr Marsh, a City insurance broker, is a Leeds University graduate who was raised with his two sisters in a large property in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Today, the pair are ruing their electronic banter.
Mr Fildes has not been seen at property firm GL Hearn since the scandal broke.
The firm said: ‘We have addressed the matter with the member of staff and taken steps within the business to prevent a future infringement of our email policy.’
Reprimanded: Harry Fildes (left) and Sebastian Marsh (right) are both believed to have been punished by their respective workplaces
‘We don’t condone the behaviour of that sort of nature. In line with most organisations we would expect people to be professional and have integrity all of the time.’
Staff at the West London school where Miss Palmer works have refused to discuss her plight. One reporter who sought to make enquiries was sprayed with water from a hose.
Although Miss Palmer has been bombarded with invitations to tell her story, she is lying low, trying to digest the events of the past week. It seems certain that either she, or Mr Fildes, will have to move out of the house in Fulham.
That might upend her social scene, which was centred on The Hurlingham Pub and Kitchen, just up the road from her shared house.
As for the hapless Mr Marsh, it is highly doubtful that if he has ‘a crack’ at Miss Palmer, his advances will meet with much success.