17 Crazy Celebrity Stalkers
71. Anna Kournikova
Stalked by William Lepeska
Lepeska swam naked toward her Miami Beach estate in 2005 but was arrested when he got out onto the pool deck of the wrong house. While being arrested he shouted "Anna! Save me!". Lepeska wrote many sexualy explisit letters and e-mails. He also tattooed "Anna" across his right bicep.
Lepeska stated “I thought Anna possibly had some sincere regard for me,”. He was ordered mentally unfit to stand trial and was ordered to spend six months in a treatment facility in Florida.
7.22. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Stalked by Dawnette Knight
In 2004, Knight sent threatening letters and described in one how she would “cut Zeta-Jones into little pieces and feed her to the dogs.” She also knew the name of their nanny and the layout of their house.
Knight believed she loved Zeta-Jones's husband Michael Douglas, and wanted to get rid of his wife. Knight was sentenced to three years in jail.
63. David Letterman
Stalked by Margaret Mary Ray
For many years, schizophrenia patient Margaret Mary Ray stalked David Letterman and entertained fantasies about being his lover. She broke into his home on several occasions and stole his Porsche at least once.
Ray died by her own hand in 1998.
6.94. Gwyneth Paltrow
Stalked by Dante Michael Soiu
In 2000, Soiu sent her 5 letters a day, packages of pornography, flowers, candy and pizza and showed up at her parent’s house multiple times.
Soiu was declared legally insane at the trial. He was committed to a high-security psychiatric hospital in California as a result of Paltrow’s testimony that she was “very fearful” of him.
6.55. Halle Berry
Stalked by Greg Broussard
Broussard believed that God wanted him to marry the actress, and sent her both letters, an engagement ring and other inappropriate gifts.
Berry was granted a restraining order against Broussard. (Broussard had a past of odd behavior like being arrested for “grabbing” himself in public and his own mother called the cops on him in 2001 when he refused to take his medication for a chemical imbalance.)
6.16. Hilary Duff
Stalked by Maksim Myaskovskiy
He threatened to harm Duff at a 2006 event she was to attend and showed up at her mom’s house and her then boyfriend Joel Madden’s house. He stated his intention to buy a weapon and engage in dramatic actions to get her attention.
Myaskovskiy was obsessed with Duff, and her boyfriend stood in his way. He was sentenced to 117 days in prison, and five years probation.
5.57. Janet Jackson
Stalked by Robert Gardner
According to Jackson, he stalked her for nine years, sent her multiple messages, showed up at random events like the 2004 trial for her brother Michael and a Saturday Night Live rehearsal. At the rehearsal, he was caught in possession of a box cutter and a knife.
Gardner believed that he was in a relationship with Jackson. She was granted a three-year restraining order against him.
7.58. Jerry Lewis
Stalked by Gary Benson
Benson stalked Lewis for years, but after threatening to kill Lewis and his family, he was sentenced to prison in 1995. After getting out of prison, Benson sent Lewis a note saying "Dear Jerry, Your dead. Your friend, Gary".
Benson was diagnosed as schizophrenic and was “periodically seized without warning by unpredictable homicidal decisions and impulses.” He served 4 years of a six-year jail term and went back to jail after violating probation only to be found dead from heart disease in his cell in 2001.
7.79. Jodie Foster
Stalked by John Hinckley
Hinckley moved near her when she went to Yale University and slipped poems and messages under her door but after that didn’t work decided on a plot to assassinate the president to get her attention. Hinckley went for Jimmy Carter first but got arrested and in 1981 fired 6 shots at the newly elected Ronald Reagan, hitting him with one that ricocheted of the limo.
Hinckley was obsessed with the movie Taxi Driver, which Foster star in as a child prostitute. He was upset that Foster didn't return his feelings. Hinckley was arrested at the shooting, and have ever since been in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C.
810. John Lennon
Stalked by Mark David Chapman
Chapman waited outside the appartment building where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived. When Lennon arrived, Chapman fired five shots. Four of them hit Lennon in the back and shoulder.
Chapman first became obsessed with Lennon, and later obsessed with killing him. He's been in Attica State Prison ever since charged with second-degree murder and has been denied parole five times.
6.911. Mel Gibson
Stalked by Zack Sinclair
In 2004, he sent multiple letters to Gibson and showed up at his house and church in attempts to pray with the actor.
Sinclair was obsessed with the movie The Passion of the Christ, which Gibson directed. Sinclair was sent to a secure psychiatric facility and given a maximum three-year jail sentence.
5.312. Pamela Anderson
Stalked by William Peter Stansfield
For more than a month Stansfield harassed Anderson, her sons and family, even showing up at her sons school.
Stansfield claimed that he wanted Anderson to star in a movie he had written for her. Anderson was granted a three-year restraining order against him.
3.913. Rebecca Schaeffer
Stalked by Robert John Bardo
Bardo had been stalking Schaeffer for years, when he in 1989 showed up at her appartment and fatally shot her as she stood in her doorway.
The incident led to new anti-stalking laws, including the 1994 Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which prevents the Department of Motor Vehicles from releasing private addresses. Bardo is now serving a life in prison without parole.
6.514. Richard Gere
Stalked by Ursula Reichert-Habbishaw
Reichert-Habbishaw contacted Gere phone, fax and email around 1,000 times and showed up at his Greenwich Village office at least 6 times.
She’s quoted as saying: “I want to be with you and share your life.” She got out of any jail time by taking the next plane home to Germany but added extra drama by fainting outside the courtroom when cameramen approached her.
5.915. Sheryl Crow
Stalked by Ambrose Kappos
Kappos tried to approach Crow after a 2003 concert but she was rushed away into her limousine. He also called Crow’s sister and told her that God was speaking to him and asked to speak to Sheryl but hung up when he was denied.
Kappos said that he was the "spiritual twin" of Crow. He was found innocent of stalking Crow.
8.116. Steven Spielberg
& Jennifer Love Hewitt
Stalked by Diana Napolis
Napolis threatened to violently confront Spielberg at a movie premiere and stalked Hewitt at various events yelling at her and calling the actress a murderer.
She believed Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, were part of a satanic cult who inserted “soul catchers” into people as a way to control them. she believed Hewitt was trying to kill her via mind control. She was put on probation, was ordered to take her psychiatric medications and to stay away from Spielberg and Hewitt for at least 10 years.
7.217. Uma Thurman
Stalked by Jack Jordan
Jordan repetedly visited Thurman's house believing she would invite him in. Jordan also tried to get in her trailer on a film set. He sent her a note that said “my hands should be on your body at all times.” He also sent Thurman a picture of a bride with her head torn off and a drawing of a stick figure standing on top of a razor blade.
Jordan had a crush on Thurman, and believed that they should be together. He was sentenced to three years of prison, and told to stay away from Thurman.
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