My first boss paid £29.3k of my wages into his own bank account –and kept it. Now, I’m speaking out

It’s taken over six months for me to feel ready to share this

Article Amendment: Due to an individual reporting this as violating privacy rules, I have edited out information naming them and introduced appropriate pseudonyms. I have kept a copy of the original text for legal reasons. All pseudonyms are in bold.

In December 2019, I stood on the platform of Hampstead train station, and watched the yellow numbers flicker down from three minutes to two on the announcement board.

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This is my story about working for ‘Stalin.’

“I’ve tried to block him out of my memory. We all tried to forget.”

Why does anyone stay on under a monster? I needed the job.

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Me, a month or so after the lowest point of my eating disorder. Here, left, I’m around 7st 11

“What are all your clients going to say?”

“Madelaine has dobbed us in”

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Stalin sent me several emails of an extremely abusive nature (amended for privacy)

“I’ve got it. I know what he did.”

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The smoking gun (amended for privacy)

madelaine@madelainehanson.co.uk

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24 year old with an awful lot to say about everything. Opinions entirely my own. Usually. madelaine@madelainehanson.co.uk

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