Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) A man was detained at Tampa Bay Comic Con on suspicion of stalking actress Kate Beckinsale, who later made a scheduled celebrity guest appearance at the event. Also Read - Pranksters Change The Iconic Hollywood Sign to 'Hollyboob' For Breast Cancer Awareness, Arrested

Terry Lee Repp, a 45-year-old resident of Iowa, was taken into custody on Saturday after he turned up at the Tampa Bay Convention Centre a couple of hours before Beckinsale was set to take the stage for a question and answer session, reports eonline.com. Also Read - US Woman Wears Bikini Made of Masks to Protest Against COVID-19 Restrictions, Slammed Online

Beckinsale filed a police report against him. Also Read - YouTuber Leaves Handwritten Note After Scratching Neighbour's Car, Resident's Response is Winning Hearts

Police said in a statement that on Thursday Repp was seen at Centre during the Comic Con event and “has a history of following and harassing (Beckinsale) and came to Tampa in an effort to continue the harassing behaviour.

“Repp made physical contact with the victim during an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2016. During this encounter, Repp touched the victim’s back and made a statement to the victim in reference to stabbing her,” the statement said.

“In a continuing effort to harass the victim, Repp also travelled to Houston, Texas, in 2016 where (Beckinsale) was attending an event. Repp was detained by the Houston Police Department and trespassed from the event. Repp appears to have an irrational obsession with (Beckinsale) and has travelled across the country in an effort to harass her,” the statement further read.

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