Man jailed for phoning 999 and pretending to be Nicki Minaj

Stephen Brown from Northern Ireland breached his Asbo with the prank calls

A Northern Irish man has been jailed for repeated emergency calls to 999 in which he claimed to be pop star Nicki Minaj.

Stephen Brown, 24, of Crumlin in County Antrim, has been jailed for four months for breaching his Asbo with the prank calls.

As local newspaper Belfast Live report, Brown is alleged to have made two calls on Christmas Day in 2014, the first claiming that two men were making threats to kill him, and another in which he pretended to be Minaj and claimed that there was a ghost in his house.

Appearing at Antrim County Court, Brown was told by Judge Desmond Marrinan QC that he was a “nuisance” and put others at risk by making non-emergency calls.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant is an alcoholic and “his own worst enemy”.

Brown’s initial sentence was eight months’ jail time, but has now been reduced on appeal.

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Meanwhile, Madame Tussauds has been forced to introduce extra security in order to protect their waxwork of Nicki Minaj from people posing for “inappropriate” pictures. The waxwork is styled in a pose from her ‘Anaconda’ video.

A statement was released by the Las Vegas tourist destination after a number of fans were pictured getting too close to the waxwork. Madame Tussauds said that while they are keen for people to have an “interactive, immersive experience”, the waxworks must be “treated respectfully”. Describing the incidents as “unfortunate”, the museum apologised for any offence caused.

Minaj hailed her waxwork as “iconic” after the new statue was unveiled in Las Vegas on August 4.