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Eddie Izzard dons make-up, heels and nail varnish to give evidence against man who called him a 'f***ing poofter'

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© Provided by Mirror Cross-dressing funnyman Eddie Izzard turned up in court today wearing full make up garb today - to face a homophobic thug who abused him in the street.

Eddie , 54, sported eye-liner, high heels and nail varnish to give evidence against Jamie Penny, 24, who is facing jail for calling the comedian a "f***ing poofter".

Weeks earlier, thug Penny yelled: "We're going to do your house when you're away, we know where you live" after the comic refused to give him a lift in his VW Beetle.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Jamie Penny</span> © Provided by Mirror Jamie Penny The comedian, who once ran 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa for Sports Relief, said as a transgender man he had to make a stand when he was abused for a second time.

Hammersmith Magistrates' Court in west London heard the first attack happened on April 3 in Pimlico, central London, at around 2pm.

Then on May 4 at midday, Penny saw him again and shouted "Eddi,e you're a f***ing poofter" from the other side of the road.

When Penny was arrested and taken to Belgravia Police Station he scratched his name into the cell door with the zip on his jeans.

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Penny admitted criminal damage to the cell but denied two counts of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to cause harassment alarm or distress against the comedian.

The thug claimed someone else had abused the comedian and insisted he had acted as a peacemaker when Izzard was abusive to a youngster.

But the magistrates convicted Penny of the two charges, rejecting his lies.

Chair of the bench Nick Tarry said: "We are satisfied you were the person making those comments and that the nature and volume of the language used was aggressive and that Mr Izzard was alarmed and vulnerable particularly since they were directed against his home."

Earlier, Eddie told the court: "I was putting bags into my car, my old VW Beetle and I heard an altercation coming from outside the pub, it seemed a bit belligerent.

"I thought it stopped but then a young man came over to me and said he wanted a ride in my car.

"It was right in my face, he said he was going to burgle by property and take the contents, it felt very aggressive so I immediately came back on it.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Jamie Penny</span> © Provided by Mirror Jamie Penny

"Over the years I have had a lot of nasty things said to me so I always try and stand my ground and stand up for my rights.

"There has been hundreds of thousands of years of homophobic abuse, but I'm tough, I've run marathons and I wanted to stand up for myself otherwise you become a victim."

He added: "As a stand up comedian, I feel I have to say something right back because they are not expecting that.

"As a transgender man I get daily abuse, I don't report every incident, but when the second incident happened I felt I had to report it In case something happened to me or my home.

"I felt put upon, threatened, I was just going about my life, you don't expect this to happen. It was full level aggression.

"If someone says they are going to burgle you and he knew where I lived.

"So I started shouting f*** off and swearing back at him, it wasn't a nice response but it was all I had."

Penny, who was agitated during proceedings, claimed he had not know who the comedian was, so he looked him up and found out Eddie was a cross-dresser rather than homosexual.

He told JPs: "So I knew he wasn't gay, so why would I shout that at him if he's not gay?"

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Penny claimed the comedian was drunk and shouting at a black youngster, but this was rejected by magistrates.

The court heard Penny has five previous convictions for possession of cannabis and two common assaults in 2012.

Penny, of Pimlico, will be sentenced on November 30 at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where he will also be sentenced for another harassment charge as well as criminal damage.

Magistrates banned Penny from visiting a street in Pimlico, and making contact with the actor.

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