Apple granted restraining order against alleged armed Tim Cook stalker

Apple has been granted a restraining order against a Virginia woman it said has been stalking Apple CEO Tim Cook for more than a year, emailing him photos of a loaded pistol and trespassing at his home, according to court filings.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Ethan Baron and Gabriel Greschler for The Mercury News:

In its application, Apple accused the woman of “erratic, threatening, and bizarre behavior.” The company included in the application copies of photos, emails and tweets purporting to come from the woman. Apple said in the application that it believes the woman “may be armed and is still in the South Bay Area and intends to return to (Cook’s) residence or locate him otherwise in the near future.”

The order bars the woman from possessing guns, approaching any Apple employees including Cook, entering any Apple property or going to Cook’s Palo Alto residence.

The suspected harasser is in the South Bay area and may be armed, Apple said in its application last week for a court order. The Cupertino technology giant made the request on Thursday. A judge granted it Friday, and the order was made public Monday afternoon by Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Cook first learned in late 2020 that he was the subject of the woman’s obsession because he receives alerts when he’s tagged on Twitter, the application said. The woman, using the last name “Cook,” claimed she was the Apple CEO’s wife and he was father to her twins.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully this threat is now mitigated and this person gets help.

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  1. Tim Cook is estimated to be worth $1.4 Billion or more. So why does he get Apple’s lawyers to address what should be a personal matter? Tim Cook can certainly afford to pay for his own lawyers to address this. It would likely have cost him less than one hundredth of one percent of his net worth to take care of this personally.

    If one of his lower ranked engineers or his facility staff had the exact same situation I doubt very much Apple would throw the corporate lawyers at it.

    And just how is anyone going to enforce the part where the woman cannot possess guns? That part of the order seems 100% unenforceable. If she shows up at his home with a gun, thus violating a different part of the order while violating the gun part of the order, it can be an added offence, but all by itself it’s unenforceable.

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