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Tampa woman charged with stalking Soundgarden singer


Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 09:33 PM

— A Tampa woman was arrested Friday, accused of stalking, intimidating and harassing rock star Chris Cornell, the singer and frontman of Soundgarden, and his family.

A federal judge in New York issued the arrest warrant for Jessica Robbins. A federal judge in Tampa ordered her bond set at $50,000. She was released on bail later Friday, according to an FBI spokesman.

While awaiting trial, the federal court in Tampa ruled, Robbins can’t have contact with Cornell and his family and can’t access the Internet. The court also restricted where she can travel and ordered that she wear a GPS device and submit to psychiatric evaluation and treatment. She also must stay 1,000 feet from the MidFlorida Amphitheatre in Tampa when Soundgarden performs at the venue, which the band is scheduled to do on Aug. 11.

An FBI agent wrote in a federal court complaint for the Southern District of New York that Robbins sent numerous messages online and through social media that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives. Cornell and his wife, Vicky, have two children, who they removed from a New York school because they feared Robbins would harm them, according to court records.

In 2008 or 2009, Robbins helped put together a public signing for Cornell, according to court records. After the signing, Robbins ran towards Cornell and yelled his name. She then asked him if Cornell had received her manuscripts. Before the incident, Cornell had never met Robbins, according to court records.

After the incident, Robbins posted online videos where she accused Cornell of plagiarizing her writings.

She later posted messages online that Vicky Cornell was abusing her children and was addicted to drugs, according to court records. Robbins contacted the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and made a child abuse allegation against Cornell’s wife.

In October 2013, Robbins posted online that she traveled to the Miami home of Cornell and his wife. She wanted to talk to him but she wasn’t able to access the elevator because she didn’t have an elevator key, according to court records.

An FBI agent learned in the investigation that Robbins used different “usernames” to post more than 100 messages a day about Cornell and his wife.

The couple has suffered “emotional trauma, inability to focus on work activities, sleep loss, and anxiety,” according to court records.

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