A FORMER model told how she formed a close friendship with notorious prisoner Charles Bronson after watching a movie about his bad past.
Gemma Fernandez, in her 30s, decided to contact Bronson in prison after watching Tom Hardy play him in the 2008 film Bronson.
The infamous lagThe 69-year-old is considered Britain’s most violent criminal, with charges including armed robbery and assaulting other inmates.
He is currently serving his sentence as a high-risk inmate at HMP Woodhill, Bucks., and is fighting for a public amnesty hearing.
But Gemma’s new best friend, who has reportedly taken the position for FHM Magazine, is now campaigning for his release.
She told Steve Wraith’s true crime YouTube channel: “Years ago, I wanted to write him after seeing the movie and I never really did.
“But with the lockdown going on and everyone suffering with their mental health, I thought, ‘He’s been beaten for 46 years, I need to write a letter’.
“He’s a reformer. He cares about people. He’s such a kind person.”
Bronson is currently fighting to have a pardon hearing held in public.
And Gemma said “we just need to get him home”.
Writing about her first visit to Bronson behind a petition website called Free Charlie Official, Gemma added: “It was lovely to meet him. I hugged him a lot.
“He hasn’t been hugged in two years, so it’s really, really cool. He’s so excited, he’s taking off my jacket, he’s a gentleman.
“He was supposed to be sitting on a chair six feet away but he apparently walked into the room before I got there and said, ‘no way, I don’t have that’ and pulled up a chair from the other side of the room. It’s great.”
Gemma’s online profile describes her as an actress and presenter and says she has played Maxim and FHM in shoots across the UK and Europe.
She said she talks to Bronson, who was born Michael Gordon Peterson but is now named Charles Salvador, most days.
A source in the prison said Mirror: “They are very close.
“She had her first visit in December. They pose for pictures and everything.”
Gemma and Bronson’s friendship comes just four years after he married former soap actress Paula Williamson, 37, in Wakefield Prison, West Yorks.
The couple later divorced and Paula sadly passed away in July 2019.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17785547/charles-bronson-model-gemma-fernandez/ I Formed a Friendship With Britain’s Most Violent Prisoner Charles Bronson After Watching a Film About His Bad Past