Zuckerberg Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker

Man who begged for cash ordered to stay away from Facebook CEO

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2011 10:27 PM CST

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man he says is stalking him both on Facebook and in real life. Pradeep Manukonda has been ordered to stay 300 yards away from Zuckerberg, his sister, and his girlfriend. Manukonda visited several Facebook offices attempting to ask Zuckerberg for money and was stopped by security outside Zuckerberg's home last month, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Manokonda attempted to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety," according to legal papers. The 31-year-old sent letters and flowers to Zuckerberg's home, and posted bizarre messages on Facebook. "I owe entire my life at your service ... please help me , then i am ready to die for you," read one message directed at Zuckerberg. "These are not just the words ... these are coming from my heart ... Please understand my pain."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures during a product announcement at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures during a product announcement at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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