At Tampa Bay Comic Con, police arrested Terry Lee Repp on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The 45-year-old was allegedly stalking Kate Beckinsale. The actress is unharmed and was able to go ahead with her appearance at the con.
Repp has had a history of stalking and harassing Beckinsale. According to reports, he has followed her all over the country. Repp touched Beckinsale’s back and told her he would stab her in Salt Lake City, UT. He was also detained by police in Houston, TX, for stalking her as well.
Kate Beckinsale is widely known for her performance as Selene in the Underworld series of vampire action films. She also starred in Pearl Harbor, Van Helsing, and the 2012 Total Recall remake. Beckinsale has won plenty of trophies at the SAG, People’s Choice, and MTV Movie Awards – among others.
This is just one more instance of a celebrity stalker being stopped at a convention. Recently, Jason David Frank (who is known as the Green and White Power Ranger) had a stalker who was arrested as well. As long as there will be famous actors and personalities, troubled people will have unhealthy obsessions with them. I honestly hope we won’t have another tragedy like the death of singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot at a meet and greet just over a year ago.
Kate Beckinsale pushed back her Q&A at Tampa Bay Comic Con from morning to the early afternoon. She used the time to appear at a local police station to file a report. Authorities had been on the lookout for Repp, and a police officer spotted him before he could contact Beckinsale. Repp is now being held on $5,000 bond, while a judge called for the misdemeanor charges to be upgraded to felonies. While that hasn’t happened yet at the time of writing, everything is still in motion.
How do you geeks feel about this? If you were a celebrity, do you think you could deal with fans who have unhealthy and irrational obsessions? Let us know what you think!