Celebrities and Their Stalkers

A Canadian woman just got busted for allegedly stalking Alec Baldwin. See other stars plagued by admirers.

A Canadian actress just got busted for allegedly stalking newly engaged 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin. From Madonna to Selena Gomez, see more stars who’ve been plagued by admirers.

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Alec Baldwin

Apparently, not everyone is happy with Alec Baldwin’s decision to settle down. Genevieve Sabourin, a 40-year-old Canadian actress or film publicist (reports differ), may have met Baldwin on the set of 2002’s The Adventures of Pluto Nash, in which he had a cameo while she was reportedly serving as a unit publicist. Cops say that Sabourin, who is from Montreal, sent emails and texts to the actor saying that she loved him, wanted to have his baby—and needed some cash. The New York Post reports that Sabourin flew down from Montreal to harass the 30 Rock star at his home in the Hamptons last weekend (the same weekend he proposed to 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas), skedaddled when Long Island authorities were alerted, then popped up again at the actor’s Manhattan apartment building last night. An annoyed Baldwin then called police and Sabourin was booked on charges of aggravated harassment and stalking.

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Selena Gomez

She may have starred in Princess Protection Program, but Selena Gomez is in need of some real-life protection. The 19-year-old Disney star was granted a temporary restraining order last week against Thomas Brodnicki, 46. According to court documents, the LAPD is taking the case “extremely seriously” due to Brodnicki’s history of mental illness—including an incident last month when he was taken into mental health custody for threatening to “scratch people’s eyes out on the street.” Brodnicki allegedly told his therapist that he was going to kill Gomez, and also that he had traveled to L.A. to meet her and visited her workplace at least three times. Brodnicki must now stay at least 100 yards away from Gomez and her workplace until his Nov. 4th hearing—when the restraining order could be extended for three years.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg obtained a restraining order against a man he accuses of stalking him through Facebook, TMZ reported Tuesday. The man, 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda, has allegedly shown up at the Facebook offices to try to ask Zuckerberg for money and reportedly also went to the mogul’s front steps. Manukonda has also allegedly sent Zuckerberg several letters in the mail and posted notes on Facebook to him and his sister, Randi. "Please help me, then I am ready to die for you,” he wrote in one alleged note. After the report was released, TMZ contacted Manukonda and he issued an apology. “I’m a peaceful guy … I’m sorry he thought I was trying to harm him,” he explained. “I understand he’s a busy man … I’ll respect his privacy.” A hearing on the stalking allegations against Manukonda is currently slated for Feb. 22.


Jennifer Aniston

Police found 24-year-old Jason Peyton “laying-in-wait in a location he believes [Aniston] frequents with a sharp object, a bag, a roll of duct tape and written messages about [Aniston]” on July 15, according to police reports via Fox News. According to court documents via E! Online, he was arrested and described as an “obsessed, mentally ill, and delusional stalker—with a history of violence and criminal stalking—who drove cross-country in his delusional 'mission' to locate and marry [Aniston], with whom he believes he is in a relationship." Peyton, who has been institutionalized before, allegedly spent eight days trying to find the actress. When he was taken into custody, police discovered carved messages in the paint of his car, reading “I LOVE YOU JENNIFER ANISTON.” On July 20, TMZ reported that Aniston received a restraining order against Peyton, who has been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold and must stay 100 yards away from her home, places of work, vehicles, employees, and reps.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Dawnette Knight’s obsession with actor Michael Douglas made his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones her sworn enemy. In 2003 and 2004, 33-year-old Knight phoned death threats and sent menacing letters to the couple. In one letter, she allegedly threatened to “cut up Zeta-Jones and feed her to dogs,” according to reports. Later, in two calls made to a hotel where the couple was staying, Knight told a receptionist, "We know she is in the hotel. We are going to kill her,” according to People magazine. In court, Detective Rodney Wagner also cited that in an alleged third call on May 21, Knight threatened to "blow Catherine's head off on Sunday in Monte Carlo." During the trial, the accused insinuated that she was engaged in an extramarital affair with Douglas and that he paid her to keep quiet. Douglas and Zeta-Jones subsequently gave disturbing testimony of all the threats made on their lives. Knight ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentence to three years in prison.

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Conan O'Brien

On the heels of the Catholic Church molestation scandals in 2008, stalker priest Reverend David Ajemian sent scores of oddball missives and DVDs to Conan O’Brien’s home and place of work, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors said that Ajemian, who attended Harvard University at the same time as O’Brien, began writing him in September 2006. He was arrested in New York City in 2007 after trying to enter a taping of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, despite reportedly being warned to stay away by NBC security personnel. The priest pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 2007 and agreed to stay away from O’Brien. He was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Boston and was later stripped entirely of his position. After he was released on bail, Ajemian said that he hoped by cozying up to the comic, he’d impress archdiocese higher-ups and advance his career in the church, the New York Post reported. “Also,” he added, “I think he’s a wonderful comedian, and I’m a bit of a comedian myself, so there was an element of fun in it for me as well.”

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Mel Gibson

Zack Sinclair, 34-year-old drifter from Idaho, believed he was on a “mission from God” after seeing the Mel Gibson-directed The Passion of the Christ, according to BBC. In 2004, the wayfaring zealot sent multiple letters to Gibson, approached the actor in church and turned up at his Malibu mansion. But at that point, Sinclair was under a restraining order from the star. Less than a year earlier, Sinclair had sent multiple letters to Gibson, demanding that he join him to pray. During his trial in 2005, Sinclair represented himself and refused to mount a defense. He reportedly said the “burden of proof is going to be to heaven” and was given the maximum three-year jail sentence.

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Jodie Foster

In 1980, actress Jodie Foster took a hiatus from Hollywood to join the leagues students at Yale University. That same year, she became the victim of stalker John Hinckley Jr., who was obsessed with Foster and allegedly enrolled at Yale for the expressed and sole purpose of being close to her. He soon began leaving letters and poems in her mailbox, including one in which he outlines plans to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an effort to win her affections. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley made good on his promise. He traveled to a hotel in Washington, D.C. and shot the president and other members of the Republican Party. Though the president survived, Hinckley pleaded insanity and was found not guilty. In an interview with Newsweek, Hinckley said, “The line dividing life and art can be invisible. After seeing enough hypnotizing movies and reading enough magical books, a fantasy life develops which can either be harmless or quite dangerous.”

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Martina Hingis

In 2001, when Martina Hingis was the world’s top-ranked women’s teenis player, she was also being stalked by Dubravko Rajcevic, a 46-year-old Australian man, who claimed that he and Hingis were in love. Rajcevic said he became infatuated with Hingis after seeing her on television around the same time he was getting a divorce in 1999. Allegedly believing a relationship could develop with Hingis, Rajcevic began sending her faxes and letters expressing his adoration for her. He even traveled to her Swiss home to deliver her some flowers. Rajcevic said many people close to Hingis told him she didn't want a relationship with him, but he said he never heard that from her. Hingis testified that she told him in person to “go away,” CBS reported. He was found guilty of stalking as well as trespassing at a tournament in Miami and sentenced to two years in prison, according to BBC.

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Anna Kournikova

William Lepeska, a middle-aged homeless man, swims nude across Florida’s Biscayne Bay in attempt to unite with tennis star Anna Kournikova. Unfortunately for Lepeska, his grand gesture lead to a restraining order. Lepeska was swimming for Kournikova’s $5 million waterfront home, but ended up poolside at a neighbor’s home “laying in a ‘very lewd manner,’” reported People. According to police, Lepeska had allegedly bombarded her with sexually explicit letters and emails, which indicated he believed that she was expecting him. According to People, Lepeska screamed, “Anna! Save me!” as he was taken into custody and became belligerent at the police station before he was subdued with pepper spray and a baton. When asked why he stalked Kournikova, The Telegraph reported he said, “I thought Anna possibly had some sincere regard for me.” Lepeska also had been previously obsessed with Mel B (Scary Spice) of the Spice Girls for five years, but, he said “the heck with her, moving on to greener pastures.” Lepeska was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and was ordered to spend six months in a treatment facility in Florida.

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After climbing a wall to enter Madonna’s Hollywood Hills home in 1995, 38-year-old Robert D. Hoskins was shot by one of queen of pop’s bodyguards. He subsequently told the bodyguards that he was Madonna's husband and would have her—or “slice her throat from ear to ear,” the New York Daily News reported. Hoskins was convicted on charges of stalking, making violent threats, and assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison. "Celebrity has a price," L.A. Deputy District Attorney Rhonda Saunders told the Daily News of Hoskins case, which she was involved in. "It not only attracts fans, but fanatics."

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Uma Thurman

While working part-time as a pool cleaner and hotel receptionist, 37-year-old Jack Jordan daydreamed about actress Uma Thurman, he told the Manhattan Supreme Court. He detailed how a high school infatuation with the star later bloomed into a devouring obsession that, beginning in 2005, lead to multitudes of emails, letters, and visits to Thurman at her home and at work. In court, Jordan said that he believed Thurman was a willing participant in his pursuit of her affection—that she loved him too. “It seems almost as if Uma was courting me,” Jordan said via Gothamist. “We were engaged in a game of cat and mouse.” Thurman testified, telling the court, Jordan’s attention left her “terrified” and “sickened and worried” for the safety of her two children, reported the New York Daily News

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Janet Jackson

According to Janet Jackson’s testimony against her stalker, Robert Gardner obsessively followed her for nine years, sent her multiple messages, and showed up at random events including a Saturday Night Live rehearsal, where he was caught in possession of a box cutter and a knife, according to Jet. “It’s only a matter of time before he has the opportunity to hurt me,” Jackson stated in court papers. She also accused Gardner of sending her several “disturbing” letters and making phone calls that “often contained sexual references.” Gardner is said to have believed he and the singer-turned-actress were in a committed relationship—Jackson claims Gardner told her, “I want a family with you.” In 2005, Jackson was ultimately granted a three-year restraining order against Gardner, who referred to himself merely as a “fan” and told the judge, “I'm not sure why she's saying this,” People reported.