Tyson Beckford has recalled his brush with gun crime during his upbringing in New York, revealing he has been "shot at" in the past.
The model/actor was raised in The Bronx when it was a notorious gangster heartland during the 1970s and '80s, and in his youth, he experienced the tough reality of life on the streets first hand.
He is adamant his background has made him immune to fear and he was unruffled when he was recently bombarded with death threats on Twitter.com relating to his judging role on U.K. TV talent show Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.
Beckford reported the threats to bosses at the series' Sky network, and he now makes sure he keeps his personal details offline and never gives away his location.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I got a lot of negative tweets... I got death threats: 'We're coming to shoot you when you come to London'. I come from America, I'm coming from ganglands. It ain't like I haven't been shot at before. Bring it on buddy! But I did alert Sky. And I don't say where I am on Twitter. I might tweet a photo, but if anybody rocks up (arrives there) they'll find I left a few hours ago. But I'm not worried."