Kate Beckinsale almost had a scary encounter with a fan in Florida over the weekend.
Before her appearance at the Tampa Bay Comic-Con on Saturday (July 29), a man was arrested on suspicion of stalking the 44-year-old actress.
Terry Lee Repp of Iowa has a “has a history of following and harassing [Beckinsale] and came to Tampa in an effort to continue the harassing behavior,” Tampa police said in a statement in connection with the arrest via E! News.
After the arrest, Kate postponed her appearance, but did eventually show up later in the day where she appeared in good spirits as she met with fans while being guarded by security.
“Repp made physical contact with the victim during an event in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016. During this encounter, Repp touched the victim’s back and made a statement to the victim in reference to stabbing her,” the police continued in their statement. “In a continuing effort to harass the victim, Repp also traveled to Houston, Texas in 2016, where [Beckinsale] was attending an event. Reppwas detained by the Houston Police Department and trespassed from the event. Repp appears to have an irrational obsession with [Beckinsale] and has traveled across the country in an effort to harass her. Repp‘s actions caused the victim substantial emotional distress and caused her to fear for her safety.”