Joey Turner 'mugged at knifepoint'
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 March 2021
Former 'TOWIE' star Joey Turner was mugged at knifepoint by a man claiming to have "a machete"
Joey Turner was mugged at knifepoint by a man claiming he "had a machete".
The former 'TOWIE' star has opened up about the terrifying incident as he claimed a man "drove into him" on a motorbike and demanded his phone.
He wrote on Instagram: "Just got mugged in Finsbury Park, happy Saturday...
"I'm okay thanks everyone, Things can be replaced but it was just a gross experience...
"He drove into me on his bike and then started threatening me showing me a knife in his pocket and saying he had a machete. (sic)"
The 19-year-old star later thanked his fans again for their support, but revealed he was taking a step back after the scary moment.
He added: "Thank you everyone for your messages, i'm not going through/checking DMs right now as i have anxiety and don't want to be on my phone, thank u all ily (sic)"
Joey joined 'The Only Way Is Essex' back in 2019, and promised he wasn't afraid to "stir the pot" on the ITVBe reality show.
However, he was axed from the programme last year after failing to make an impression with viewers.
A source said at the time: "The 'TOWIE' cast fear this time of year as they know bosses look at who's made an impact on the show – and who hasn't resonated as well with fans.
"Producers made a lot of changes last year and it was a risk introducing so many new characters, some have worked and others haven't ...
"There's talk of a few new faces joining the next series – but final decisions are yet to be made."
ITV has been open in the past about keeping the cast fresh and exciting for viewers.
A 'TOWIE' spokesman previously commented: "Every series we review our cast to ensure we're following the lives of those who are most interesting and willing to share their real lives and relationship highs and lows.
"It's how 'TOWIE' has stayed so fresh and exciting for nearly a decade."