Chris Cornell: Singer’s Stalker Is At Large After Removing GPS Ankle Monitor, FBI Warns
Federal agents recently warned Chris Cornell, the frontman for the popular Seattle rock band Soundgarden, that his stalker is currently at large. Jessica Robbins reportedly missed her scheduled court date on Tuesday and authorities say she also removed her court-ordered GPS ankle monitor. According to TMZ, the FBI is now looking for Robbins, who is charged with stalking Cornell and is accused of sending hundreds of online threats to the rocker and his family.
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In 2014, Jessica Robbins was convicted of harassing the musician and on Wednesday, the singer was notified by the FBI that the woman was not using the GPS and missed a citation in federal court in New York.
An FBI agent wrote in a 2014 federal court complaint for the Southern District of New York that the Tampa woman sent dozens of messages online and through social media that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives. Cornell and his wife, Vicky, have two children, who they removed from a New York school because they feared Robbins would harm them, according to court records.
It all started in 2008, after Robbins helped put together a public signing for Cornell, court records indicate. After the signing, Robbins ran towards Cornell and started shouting out his name. She then asked him if Cornell had received her manuscripts. Before the incident, Cornell had never met Robbins, Tampa Bay Times wrote. Following the incident, Robbins posted online videos where she accused Cornell of plagiarizing her writings.
At the time of the harassment, the administrator for Soundgarden’s official web site turned over a series of hostile posts and tweets believed to have been written by Robbins, including some that targeted Cornell’s wife, Vicky.
“I forgive her, but I’m done playing games with her, she is not going to be able to hurt him ever again by the time I’m done with her,” one of posts stated.
Robbins was described as being bipolar and she reportedly was no longer taking her medication.
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Authorities also said that Robbins, 34, may have tried to enter the couple’s home after driving 7 hours. Cornell was especially concerned for his safety because his residence in Miami has an elevator that requires a key and because Miami is approximately a seven-hour drive from Tampa, Florida, where Robbins is believed to reside, the report states. Robbins was later arrested and was barred from having contact with Cornell’s family or the band. She was released on $50,000 bail, ordered to wear an ankle monitor and to also cease online communication.
As reported by New York Daily News, the FBI opened an investigation to determine the whereabouts of Robbins, who already has an arrest warrant against her. In the coming days, Cornell has two shows in Florida, so the FBI have alerted both the musician and the police to a possible encounter with the woman.
This isn’t the first time the 51-year-old rocker has been the target of a deranged stalker. In February of 2014, a Seattle woman was charged for allegedly tweeting death threats to Cornell and his family. Prosecutors claim Elizabeth Walden had nine different Twitter accounts and sent more than 100 messages to Cornell. They say the postings also alluded to a rape of his 13-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say those tweets constituted cyber-stalking and they filed criminal charges against her.
Cornell has reportedly been receiving death threats since as early as 2004, when his wife was pregnant with the couple’s second child.
The former lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave is currently on his solo “Higher Truth” world tour, and will play his next two shows in Florida: June 16 in Clearwater and June 17 in Jacksonville, Daily News reports.
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