A WOMAN hanged herself after cruel Facebook trolls claimed she was an escort.
Emma Matthews, 30, faced the allegations when some of her phone messages to men were circulated on the social network.
An inquest heard screenshots of them were uploaded by a woman who claimed to have found Matthews at her boyfriend’s house.
The hearing was told a flood of comments were posted on social media regarding the allegation.
And, just two days after the messages were posted Matthews was found dead in a hotel room, having earlier been kicked out of the home she shared with her mother.
The inquest heard Matthews had gone to the Scotts Hotel in Llantwit Fadre, near Pontypridd, South Wales, with friend Siobhan Wilcox and two men.
Wilcox and the two men left at 12.30am.
The inquest in Aberdare heard Matthews was found dead at 9.20am on July 30 last year.
Investigating officer Det Con Ian Jones said: "Siobhan Wilcox said Emma was fine but she had a lot on her mind.
"She said there were Facebook posts revealing that Emma was an escort and her mother had seen it and kicked her out of her home."
Police found no evidence of foul play surrounding Matthews' death.
Stepdad Mark Lloyd said in a statement: "Emma was a person who would go out of her way to help anyone. She had a big heart."
Pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeater said the medical cause of death was "pressure on the neck."
Coroner Andrew Barkley said accusations Matthews, of Ferndale, Rhondda, was an escort were a cause of anxiety.
He added: "It seems that the fact she had been found to be acting in this way is a source of anxiety to her and her family."
The coroner recording a narrative verdict and said that Matthews’ "intention was unclear".
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