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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Woman accused of stalking Apple CEO Tim Cook agrees to stay away

SAN JOSE, California ( Associated Press) – A woman accused of harassing Apple CEO Tim Cook with pleas for sex and other crude proposals before threatening her Silicon Valley home last October showed up, agreed to stay away from him for the next three. year under an agreement approved Tuesday.

Julie Lee Choi agreed to the agreement negotiated with Apple during an appearance in the Supreme Court in Santa Clara County. Cook, Apple’s CEO for the past decade, was not present at the proceedings in San Jose, California.

Choi, 45, declined to comment after the trial as she angrily slammed two reporters taking her photo outside the courthouse. An Apple lawyer also declined to discuss the provision.

The agreement requires Choi to refrain from coming within 200 yards of Cook for the next three years, prohibiting her from trying to communicate with him in any electronic way, including on Twitter accounts or emails. If she violates the terms, Choi could face criminal charges and possibly jail time.

The bizarre case dates back to late 2020 when Choi started sending Cook emails asking him to have sex with her and attaching images of handguns that she insisted he had her buy, according to evidence Apple filed a temporary injunction against her in January. . Those documents also revealed that Choi had set up a series of fake companies that tried to link her to Cook, sometimes citing an Apple office as the headquarters.

“I can no longer live like this,” Choi wrote in an email to Cook sent from an iPhone. “I want sex with you, please, please.”

Cook has publicly said he is a gay man, but even after Choi admitted she knew it, her pleas continued to him. “Tim, we are destined for our lives.”

Apple has taken legal action after Choi told him last September that she was planning to apply to become his “roommate” at his apartment in Palo Alto, California – not far from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

In October, Choi appeared outside Cook’s home for two separate acts and warned that she could “become violent”, according to court documents.

Then, in December, Choi told Cook she would forgive him for $ 500 million in cash.

A few weeks later, Apple requested its temporary restraining order in a request that Choi “may be armed” and “intends to return to Apple’s CEO residence or locate him otherwise in the near future.” Choi lived in McLean, Virginia, before she started shadowing Cook in Silicon Valley.

Apple paid more than $ 630,000 last year for security measures designed to protect Cook, according to a required company disclosure to shareholders.

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