Apple CEO Tim Cook has a stalker named Rakesh 'Rocky' Sharma

Yolanda Curtis
February 22, 2020

Earlier this month, on 13 February, Apple was granted its own temporary court order keeping Sharma from coming within 200 yards (182m) of bossman Tim Cook, Apple employees and members of its team including security officer William Burns at premises that include Cook's house and Apple HQ, among others. In the documents, Apple's global security specialist William Burns claims Sharma trespassed again on January 15, this time ringing the doorbell, per NBC News. The police were informed but Sharma had left before they arrived. He returned a month later, entering the property's gate without permission and ringing the doorbell. "Mr. Sharma further stated that he did not think this was amusing, that he was entitled to a cash settlement of an 'open check book, ' and that his attorney is Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi".

He also called the Apple helpline saying he knew where members of the executive team lived and that "I don't use ammunition but I know people who do", thus directly threatening to use weapons against the company's executives, according to Apple's filing. It is not clear who was the Apple executive that Sharma threatened in September and October. Following this, he escalated to stalking Tim Cook, who is one of the most important and popular tech executives in the world, by turning up at his residence in December - unannounced and without permission, with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne.

Burns "suffered emotional distress and anxiety" as a result of Sharma's conduct, according to the Petition for Workplace Violence Restraining Orders document filed February 11 with Santa Clara County Superior Court. Burns works closely with Apple's executive team and provides security for them. "Mr. Sharma's continuous and increasingly threatening conduct is causing me and other Apple employees significant emotional distress and gives me grave concern for our personal safety".

But a request to ban him from all Apple corporate locations in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Jose as well as all Apple retail locations and properties of Apple's executives was rejected.

The restraining order, which expires the same day as a March 3 hearing in the case, directs Sharma to stay away from Cook, his property, Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters, and the company's executive team, according to NBC News.

On March 3, the court hearing will determine whether a permanent restraining order must be issued against Sharma.

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