A Santa Clara County judge has granted Apple a temporary restraining order against a woman for allegedly stalking and threatening the company’s chief executive, Tim Cook.
In court documents filed last week and First reported by The Mercury NewsApple alleges the woman, 45, of Virginia, has made increasingly alarming threats and statements against Mr. Cook via email and Twitter since late 2020. She also claimed that she was was romantically involved with him and the father of her twin children, according to the documents.
The woman, Apple said, emailed Mr. Cook photos of what she said were the handgun and ammunition she had purchased, along with comments like, “My new gun will never Now return to this point before I shoot!” Apple also wrote that she filed documents to set up fraudulent corporations, some with obscene names, while designating Mr. Cook as chief executive and listing his home address on the forms.
The situation escalated in October, when the woman showed up outside Mr Cook’s Palo Alto home in a car with Virginia number plates and said she wanted to talk to him before security kicked her out, according to reports. court documents. She returned a few minutes later and was stopped by local police. They searched her car and didn’t find any weapons, but they towed the car because her license had expired. She told them she was “probably subject to violence,” according to the filing.
Apple wrote that the woman continued to send Mr Cook threatening emails, including one in early January telling him he “had to clean the apartment” and that she would “move in next week”.
“Apple believes the respondent may be armed and remains in the South Bay Area and intends to return to the Apple CEO’s residence or locate him in the near future,” the company wrote. . Apple declined to comment on Tuesday.
The order bans the woman from owning a gun or getting near Mr. Cook’s residence or any of Apple’s offices until March 29, when a hearing on whether to extend the order is scheduled. The order also prohibits her from contacting Mr Cook or tagging him on social media.
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