Mark Zuckerberg Obtains Restraining Order Against Facebook Stalker
The Facebook CEO recently obtained a restraining order against a 31-year-old man named Pradeep Manukonda, who, according to legal papers obtained by TMZ, has been trying to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety." Manukonda has reportedly been chasing Zuckerberg since January, in the hopes of getting some extra money for his family. He's shown up at Facebook's offices, and even appeared at Zuckerberg's home, in Palo Alto. On January 28th, the man sent a hand-written letter (PDF) to the Facebook founder, along with some flowers.
Manukonda has also reached out to Zuckerberg's girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, and his sister, Randi. In a December 22nd Facebook message, he begged Randi Zuckerberg to "respond before it's too late," and to "understand my pain." "I owe entire life at your service," the message reads. "[P]lease help me, then i am ready to die for you." A hearing is scheduled for later this month, but until then, Manukonda has been ordered to stay at least 300 yards away from both Zuckerberg siblings, and Chan.