Apple Responds to Guy Who Rang Tim Cook's Doorbell

Rakesh 'Rocky' Sharma slapped with restraining order
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Apple Responds to Guy Who Rang Tim Cook's Doorbell
Apple's CEO Tim Cook attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 21, 2020.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Apple has secured a temporary restraining order against a man said to be harassing CEO Tim Cook. In one incident described in court documents first spotted by Dave Gershgorn at OneZero, Rakesh "Rocky" Sharma allegedly snuck past a closed gate at Cook's home in Palo Alto, Calif., after dark on Dec. 4 in an attempt to deliver "flowers and a bottle of champagne." In the documents, Apple's global security specialist William Burns claims Sharma trespassed again on Jan. 15, this time ringing the doorbell, per NBC News. He reportedly left before police arrived.

Sharma "continued to tag the Apple executive on his Twitter account, which included sexualized and inappropriate photos of Mr. Sharma with reference to [Cook]," according to Burns. He says Sharma twice left "disturbing voicemails" for an unnamed executive and called technical support claiming to know where executives lived. "I don't use ammunition but I know people who do," he allegedly said. Santa Clara County Superior Court has ordered Sharma to stay away from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, Cook's property, and Apple executives generally until March 3, when a hearing is to take place. It opted not to apply the order to other executives' homes and Apple retail locations, per Business Insider. (Read more Apple stories.)

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