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Alleged Chris Cornell Stalker Arrested Outside Louisville Concert

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A woman charged with stalking Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was arrested outside his Louisville, Ky., concert – ending a search that had gone on since May.

Jessica Robbins was initially apprehended in 2014 in connection with a stalking charge after allegedly harassing Cornell online. She posted a bail of $50,000, agreeing to stay away from Cornell, not to go online and to wear an electronic ankle monitor. But Robbins apparently slipped out of the device, missed a court appearance and went on the run.

Venues along Chris Cornell’s on-going solo tour had been warned to be on the look out for Robbins, and she was quickly identified outside the 2,600-seat Louisville Palace on Thursday (June 7). The case has now been passed to the FBI.

By the time of her earlier arrest, Cornell and his wife Vicky Karayiannis suspected Robbins had tried to enter their home in Miami. Cornell’s website administrator told authorities that Robbins posted more than 100 messages a day about the couple, using as many as 37 different user names. Worries that Robbins would harm their children led Cornell and Karayiannis to remove them from public schools.

Robbins reportedly first met Cornell at a fan event a couple of years before Soundgarden broke up in 2010. Later, she allegedly posted videos on the internet that accused Cornell of plagiarizing her writings. Robbins has also claimed to be the mother of one of Cornell’s children and even reportedly called in a child abuse complaint against his wife, according to court documents.

Cornell, who continued the Louisville show as planned, has also been the victim of a Twitter stalker. His tour in support of the solo album Higher Truth continues through this month, with a final date at Winnipeg.

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