Over-excited fans, who often become stalkers, have been a problem for celebrities for many years. However, the problem seems to have gotten worse in the past 20 years. While some of these people are simply huge fans that would never harm the celebrities, other people are much more dangerous. This article will look at five celebrities who have been forced to deal with unwanted attention from their fans.
1. Mark Zuckerberg
In 2011, the founder and CEO of Facebook was forced to file a restraining order against a man he accused of stalking him. Zuckerberg accused Pradeep Manukonda of sending him threatening messages on Facebook and contacting his girlfriend and sister. He would also constantly show up outside the house where Zuckerberg lived and the headquarters of Facebook. Manukonda told gossip website TMZ that he only wanted to get advice from Zuckerberg.
2. Uma Thurman
The actress best known for her work in the movies “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” was stalked by a man named Jack Jordan from 2005 to 2008. He showed up at the set of one of her movies that was filming in Manhattan. He also went to Thurman’s home in Greenwich Village. After sending her over 20 bizarre letters and cards to the actress, he was finally committed to a mental institution in Maryland.
3. Alec Baldwin
Genevieve Sabourin, an actress from Canada, was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment and stalking after she sent Alec Baldwin a series of notes and emails claiming she loved him. She went to the actor’s NYC home. She also showed up at several high profile events that Baldwin was hosting. In November of 2013, she was sentenced to 180 days in prison for her actions and was also served with a 5-year restraining order.
4. Conan O’Brien
Reverend David Ajemian was arrested for stalking the talk show host after showing up at the studio where he tapes his show, contacting Conan’s parents and sending him threatening letters. Ajemian was arrested when he continued to send O’Brien letters after he was asked to stop.
5. David Letterman
In one of the most famous celebrity stalking cases, Margaret Mary Ray stalked Letterman over several years, even breaking into his home. She was finally arrested while driving through the Lincoln Tunnel in a Porsche owned by Letterman. In 1998, she committed suicide after several stints in psychiatric hospitals.
With the advent of celebrity driven gossip websites and TV shows, people are now exposed to the personal lives of celebrities more than ever before. Thanks to the Internet, it is also easy for the average person to find out even where celebrities live. Experts believe that this will only continue the trend of obsessed fans stalking their favorite celebrities. Therefore, it is important for celebrities to protect themselves. Fortunately, companies such as Vivint home security offer protective technology in places like North Little Rock, AR or wherever they may live to help these beleaguered stars. It’s natural to be interested in the lives of high-profile people, but all fans need to recognize the line beyond which appreciation becomes unwelcome and intrusive.
Author Bio: Samantha Stainsburry