Mark Zuckerberg Granted Restraining Order Against Facebook Stalker Gone Way Too Far
By Rebecca Macatee Posted Feb 7th 2011 09:22PM
According to TMZ, Zuckerberg is being stalked by Manukonda, who has repeatedly tried to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety" and the safety of those close to him. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Manukonda had even gone to several Facebook offices in Palo Alto trying to hound Zuckerberg for money for his financially strapped family.
In a series of creepy messages to Zuckerberg, Manukonda told the 26-year-old billionaire, "Please help me, then I am ready to die for you. Please understand my pain."
Manukonda was even intercepted at Zuckerberg's home by Facebook security on Jan. 24, just as he was about to walk up the front steps. Cops reportedly gave him a verbal warning, but Manukonda hasn't backed off in his incessant attempts to contact Zuckerberg. The young entrepreneur claims his stalker even sent flowers and a handwritten letter to his home on Jan. 28.
In the past year, Zuckerberg has gone from an immensely successful computer genius to a mainstream pop culture phenomenon. The Academy Award nominated film 'The Social Network' stars Jesse Eisenberg playing a rather unflattering version of the Facebook mastermind. The two met face-to-face for the first time on 'Saturday Night Live' in January, and Zuckerberg got the chance to show he wasn't the geeky, humorless guy depicted in the film.
He was also named TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, and in a well-timed PR move with the release of the film, Zuckerberg lent his likeness and his voice to 'The Simpsons.'
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