Man accused of stalking Kournikova
Miami Beach, February 9:
A man was charged with stalking and burglary after swimming nude across Biscayne Bay in search of tennis star Anna Kournikova’s residence and getting caught near her neighbor’s home. Police said William Lepeska screamed, “Anna! Save me!” as he was taken away on January 30. Police said Lepeska acknowledged that he spent several months searching for her address on the Internet and swam nude for 200 metres after locating it.
Lepeska sent Kournikova “numerous letters and posted e-mails to her Web page” and “made several alarming statements indicating that he believed Kournikova had left a door unlocked for him to enter her residence and left clothing for him to wear as if she was expecting his arrival,” police said.
Ivy Mollenkamp, the tennis player’s Los Angeles publicist, said that what happened “has caused Anna to be very concerned and fearful for her safety,” calling the allegations “extremely alarming and threatening.”