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Wuthering Heights actor James Howson admits race crime

James Howson
Image caption James Howson will be sentenced next month

An actor who starred in the latest film adaptation of Wuthering Heights has admitted racially abusing his former girlfriend.

James Howson became the first black actor to play Emily Bronte's Heathcliff when the film was released last year.

Leeds magistrates heard he shouted racist threats at his ex-partner after their three-year relationship ended.

Howson, 24, of Haslewood Close, Leeds, admitted racially aggravated harassment. Sentencing was adjourned.

The court heard how Howson's relationship with Shakira Ramdihal turned sour when she became pregnant.

On 18 November last year he went to her family home in Chapeltown, banged on a window and shouted racist threats to kill her.

Magistrates said he would be sentenced on 6 February, after probation reports were prepared.

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