A woman accused by Apple of stalking CEO Tim Cook for more than a year — emailing him photos of a loaded pistol and traveling across the U.Due south. to trespass at his home — agreed Tuesday in court to stay abroad from the tech chief, Apple employees and properties, and give up any guns she may possess.
Apple had received a temporary restraining order confronting the woman this January, afterwards alleging “erratic, threatening, and baroque behavior.” The company included in the application copies of photos, emails and tweets purporting to come from the adult female. Apple said the woman “may exist armed and is still in the S Bay Area and intends to return to (Cook’s) residence or locate him otherwise in the almost future.” Apple said it believed she drove a Porsche Macan SUV from Virginia to Palo Alto and showed upwardly at Cook’s domicile Oct. 22.
The temporary lodge prohibited the woman, 46, from possessing guns, budgeted whatsoever Apple tree employees including Melt, inbound any Apple property or going to Cook’s Palo Alto residence, but was set to expire Tuesday.
Last week, Apple and the woman — who was representing herself, without a lawyer — jointly filed for a permanent restraining guild that she keep abroad from Melt and whatsoever other Apple employees, and that she sell or surrender to authorities whatsoever guns she possessed, a courtroom filing showed. Apple tree had tracked her down to a house near I-280 in San Jose, according to a court filing. However, a judge declined to sign the order, saying the woman would be questioned at the already-scheduled hearing Tuesday, a filing showed.
On Tuesday, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Erik Johnson signed a new guild that Apple and the adult female had agreed upon, with the same terms as the proposed temporary society just lasting for just 3 years. The adult female, dressed in a medium-length wrinkled coat, plaid-patterned white pants and blackness wedge heels, answered briefly with “yes” and “yes, sir” when Johnson asked her questions to confirm she understood the terms of the gild.
Cook did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.
Apple security specialist Jose Barrera had said in a January court filing that he works closely with Melt and feared the adult female posed a threat to the CEO and all Apple employees, including himself and the visitor’southward security team. Outside the courthouse Tuesday, Barrera said, “We’re happy with the outcome.”
The iii-year gild too bars the woman from contacting the CEO or Apple tree employees directly, indirectly, or electronically through email, social media or other ways.
Cook first learned in late 2020 that he was the subject field of the adult female’s obsession considering he receives alerts when he’s tagged on Twitter, the initial application said. The adult female, using the last proper noun “Melt,” claimed she was the Apple CEO’s married woman and that he fathered twins with her.
She tweeted about the purported human relationship a dozen times on Halloween 2020, and from belatedly October to mid-November of that year emailed Cook about 200 times, the letters showing “a significant escalation in tone, condign threatening and highly disturbing,” the restraining order application said. A series of missives contained photos of a snub-nosed revolver and bullet cartridges. In an e-mail expressing a want for a sexual relationship with Cook, she said her patience was “almost done,” the application said.
Meanwhile, she was registering fake corporations, some with “highly offensive corporate names,” in California, Virginia and New York, naming Cook as a corporate officeholder, director or agent, according to the application. The iii-year restraining order requires her to remove all mention of Cook and Apple from whatsoever corporate entities she has registered.
Past September last yr, the woman “became obsessed” with Cook’s Palo Alto condo and sent him an email applying to be his roommate, the application said. When she arrived at the property and told security she wanted to speak with Cook, they asked her to leave; she complied but soon returned, then left and waited in her car, according to the awarding.
Palo Alto law responded to the alleged trespassing, and the woman was stopped “after attempting to flee,” the application said. She allegedly told constabulary she was staying in Palo Alto and “could become violent.” No weapons were found during a search of her Porsche, which law had towed because the woman’s driver’south license had expired, the application said.
She connected emailing Cook, the application said. Because she provided a San Jose accost, San Jose police responded and plant information technology to be an Airbnb where the adult female was not present, co-ordinate to the application.
A week earlier Christmas the woman emailed Cook again, with a demand for hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the application. On New Year’southward Day, she tweeted, again with violent linguistic communication almost Cook, from a new business relationship, the application said. The nearly recent email, sent a few days later, ordered Melt to motility.
The adult female declined to speak to news media exterior the courthouse Tuesday, and it was non immediately articulate whether she planned to return to Virginia.
Originally posted 2022-03-30 22:28:14.