According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Tampa, Florida woman was charged with stalking after allegedly penning a number of hostile posts and tweets directed at SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis.
Jessica Leigh Robbins, 32, was arrested Friday in Tampa and was barred from going within 1,000 feet of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where SOUNDGARDEN is scheduled to perform August 11, or from having contact with the family or the band. She was released on $50,000 bail but ordered to wear an ankle monitor and stay off the Internet.
Robbins , who has bipolar disorder, may have tried to enter Cornell and Karayiannis‘ other home in Miami last fall, an FBI agent inferred from an Internet post obtained during the investigation.
Some of the posts in question were traced to an Internet address registered to Robbins‘ mother, with whom Robbins lives.
In one of the messages, the author of the post wrote that she drove seven hours to talk to the musician “but was unable to enter the elevator in his residence because she did not have an elevator key,” FBI Special Agent Bradford Price wrote in a complaint.
Robbins had previously approached Cornell at a fan event, asking if a manuscript she had sent had been helpful. Robbins later posted videos of herself discussing the encounter and alleging that the singer had plagiarized her writings. The investigation also uncovered that she claimed to be the mother of one of Cornell‘s children and that Robbins‘ phone had been used to report Cornell‘s wife for child abuse.
This is not the first time Cornell has had to deal with a stalker. A Seattle woman was charged in February for allegedly tweeting death threats to the musician. The woman reportedly sent over 100 messages to Cornell from a total of nine different Twitter accounts. The postings also alluded to a rape of Cornell‘s 13-year-old daughter.
Back in 2006, Cornell and his wife received death threats in which a man described how he planned to kill Vicky and her children, Christopher, and Toni. The private investigators Cornell hired to look into who was sending the letters said the stalker was British.