Woman charged in break-in at Cowell home
A woman accused of breaking into Simon Cowell’s house wielding a broken brick and then hiding in the entertainment mogul’s wardrobe appeared in a London court Monday.
Leanne Zaloumis, 29, was charged with aggravated burglary after the incident Saturday night, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors said Mr. Cowell was watching TV in the bedroom of his London mansion when he heard a loud bang coming from his bathroom and discovered Ms. Zaloumis inside with a brick.
Mr. Cowell’s security staff confined the intruder to a bedroom until police arrived and found her in the wardrobe. Police officers drew their weapons as they arrested Ms. Zaloumis, and later found bloodstains in the bathroom, prosecutor Paul Mitchell said.
The charge, read out in court, alleges that Ms. Zaloumis intended to “inflict grievous bodily harm upon a person therein and at the time of committing the said burglary had with you a weapon of offense, namely a broken house brick.”
She also is accused of shouting at Mr. Cowell and hurling items at his bathroom window while standing on a roof outside.
Mr. Cowell, 52, has gained fame in both Britain and North America as producer and an acerbic judge on TV talent shows, including “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”
Cowell spokesman Max Clifford said Mr. Cowell described the incident as “just like something out of a horror movie.”
“He was shaken up,” Mr. Clifford said. “Strange as it might seem he feels lucky, because it could have been a gun or a knife in her hand.”
Ms. Zaloumis, who appeared in court with unkempt hair and wearing a baggy gray sweatshirt, spoke only to confirm her name and address during a brief hearing at West London Magistrates’ Court.
District Judge James Henderson
“The X Factor” producer Simon Cowell was “shaken up” after a woman allegedly broke into his home wielding a broken brick. The suspect, Leanne Zaloumis, 29, was charged with aggravated burglary after the incident Saturday night.