Apple wins restraining order against “stalker who has violated the property of Tim Cook in Palo Alto
Apple wins restraining order against “stalker who has violated Tim Cook’s Palo Alto property, tagged the CEO in sexual tweets, and threatened top managers with hair-raising speech messages”
- Rakesh “Rocky” Sharma, 41, “tried to deliver flowers and champagne” to Cook
- Sharma is said to have made veiled threats that allowed him to shoot Apple executives
- And he would have made bizarre claims that the tech giant was trying to kill him
A stalker tried to deliver flowers and champagne to Apple chef Tim Cook at home and tagged him in “sexualized” photos on Twitter, according to legal documents.
Rakesh “Rocky” Sharma, 41, also made worrying threats against the CEO and other Apple executives and subjected them to “erratic, threatening, and bizarre behavior,” it is claimed.
The alleged harassment campaign was revealed in court records of the Santa Clara County Superior Court which issued a temporary restraining order against Sharma, from San Francisco, which will last until March when a full hearing will take place.
Court records say that Sharma entered Cook’s property in Palo Alto, California in December when he entered the gates without permission and tried to deliver flowers and a bottle of champagne.
Rakesh ‘Rocky’ Sharma, 41, allegedly has committed troubling threats against Apple chief Tim Cook
The alleged stalker tried to deliver flowers and champagne to Apple chef Tim Cook at home
The assignment prevents Sharma from visiting the giant’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino
He returned in January and rang the bell, but left before the police arrived.
Judicial documents also reveal that Sharma is accused of tagging Cook in his “sexualized and inappropriate photos” on Twitter.
It is said that Sharma has ignored a letter from Apple’s lawyers and called the company’s technical helpline and voiced veiled threats to have Apple executives killed.
Reportedly, he said, “I don’t use ammunition, but I know people who do.”
The tech giant claims that Sharma also made bizarre allegations that Cook was a criminal and that Apple had tried to have him killed when he was in the hospital.
Sharma when reached through CNET, would have described the whole as ‘a misunderstanding’.
This month he posted a video on Twitter in which he says: ‘Hey Tim Cook, you have serious problems with your brand.
‘You must leave the Bay Area. In short, I chase you out. Shoo, Tim Cook, from the Bay Area. “
Tech giant security specialist William Burns said in the filing that the intimidation began on September 25, 2019, Sharma left a “disturbing” voicemail on Cook’s phone, followed by another week later.
The intimidation then escalated with Sharma who posted ‘sexualized and inappropriate photos’ of himself on Twitter and tagged Cook into it.
In February, he made “two nonsensical” calls to Apple, Burns said.
He immediately asked for cash because an “Apple employee” laughed and hung him over the phone.
He also told Apple that his lawyer is President of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, according to legal proceedings.
The court’s injunction prevents Sharma from visiting the giant’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino and Cook’s Palo Alto residence.
But a request to forbid him from all Apple business locations in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Jose, as well as all Apple store locations and properties from Apple’s executives was rejected.
The restraining order also prevents Sharma from possessing, possessing or purchasing weapons, firearms or ammunition.
On March 3, the hearing will determine whether a permanent restraining order should be issued against Sharma.