New Delhi: One of the most recognised tech executives, Apple CEO Tim Cook was being stalked by an Indian-origin man who has shown up at his residence in Palo Alto twice. The iPhone maker filed a suit and got a temporary restraining order against the man. Also Read - Apple May Launch Several Macs With ARM-based Processors in 2021
With a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers, the stalker, identified as Rakesh “Rocky” Sharma turned up at Cook’s house to ring his doorbell around December last year. He even managed to return a month later, entering the property’s gate without permission and knocking on his door. Also Read - Apple Updates Siri: Ask Her if You Are Suffering From Coronavirus
Prior to that, reports suggested, Sharma had also been allegedly harassing not only the CEO but a number of other executives at Apple. In a legal filing to California court, Apple described the interactions and phone calls with Sharma as “threatening statements”. On September 25, 2019, he had left a “disturbing” voicemail on “an Apple executive’s phone”. This led the company to get a restraining order against the 41-year-old San Francisco man. Also Read - Coronavirus Forces Apple to Cancel Launch Event Scheuled For March-End: Reports
“Sharma continued to tag the Apple executive on his Twitter account, which included sexualised and inappropriate photos of Mr Sharma with reference to the Apple executive,” the filing stated.
The California court has put a restraining order that lasts through March 3, when a hearing is scheduled. Sharma has been ordered to stay away from Cook’s residence in Silicon Valley, the CEO’s three security guards as well as the company’s Apple Park headquarters.