Hailie Deegan said in a video posted Monday that she skipped an event in Florida last weekend because an obsessed fan allegedly threatened to kill her boyfriend, Chase Cabre.
Deegan and Cabre detailed the threats received in a 15-minute video titled: “Our lives are at risk…”.
The video with Deegan and Cabre included an edited audio recording threatening Cabre which they believe came from the individual. The video included threatening messages they said were sent by the same person to Cabre.
Deegan also said the person sent an eight-page handwritten letter to David Gilliland Racing, the Camping World Truck Series team that Deegan is driving for this season, “stating that he was dating me and having a relationship with me for several months and how he was like in love with me and in love with me and I was his soul mate, and that scared me a little.
The couple said the person was caught in a catfishing scheme by a fake Deegan social media account.
“This account had the effect of saying, oh, this is a fake relationship, this is just a direct business relationship, he pretty much makes me do everything, practically being held hostage and he beats me, physically abused, and none of that is true,” Deegan said in the video.
“It makes them feel a lot of anger towards Chase, which if the situation was real would be understandable, but it’s not. So this guy ends up getting into this whole thing believing Chase is beating me.
“I wouldn’t really be worried about it if it wasn’t for this person, this guy who lives near my running shop, near my house, near my house, and it makes me feel uncomfortable, that scares me. You shouldn’t be scared in your own house.
“…I would keep an eye on his messages because of the stalker situations I have faced in the past. The day that pretty much changed was a few days ago when he posted some stuff saying he was practically coming to kill Chase. His exact words weren’t going to kill Chase, but he’s coming and he’s going to be the last thing Chase will ever see.
Deegan and Cabre informed the police and said an officer had been posted outside their home overnight. They also said they had conversations with the FBI and NASCAR security about it.
Deegan said she became aware of the individual’s social media posts in December. Cabre, Deegan, and Deegan’s father, famed motocross rider Brian Deegan, all tried to tell the individual that there is no truth to what the fake account is telling him to no avail.
Deegan will race Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. A NASCAR spokesperson told NBC News, “We have measures in place to increase its safety on and off the track.”