Anna Faces Alleged Stalker in
It was a dramatic showdown
between lovely tennis ace Anna Kournikova and
the man accused of stalking her, Wednesday as
she came face-to-face with him a Miami courtroom.
"It's very frightening and scary knowing
there's somebody out there who's obsessive,"
Anna testified from the stand.
Prosecutors say Kournikova has every reason to be afraid
of the accuser, 40-year-old William Lepeska. He's already
been convicted and served time for stabbing a sleeping
college student in Milwaukee.
In court, Lepeska acted as his own attorney, in
shackles, firing questions at Anna as the bold
beauty stood strong.
"Why is it that you and your team did not address
the author of the letters," Lepeska asked of letters
he had allegedly sent to Kournikova.
"I told them I didn't want to encourage any
kind of action between me and that person,"
"Do you have any secret prejudice against
Americans?" Lepeska later queried.
"Absolutely not," Anna stated. "I
love this country. I've been living here since
Lepeska was arrested in January near Kournikova's
$5 million Miami Beach mansion. Cops say he swam
nude across Biscayne Bay in search of Anna, who
he claimed was "expecting his arrival."
According to the police report, the homeless Lepeska,
who has "Anna" tattooed on his right
bicep, shouted, "Anna, Save Me" as he
was taken to jail.
Lepeska has been jailed since cops arrested him
near Anna's estate. He has pleaded not guilty
to battery and other charges. If convicted he
could face up to 30 years in prison.
Today, the judge granted Anna a permanent restraining
order, keeping Lepeska 1,000 feet away from the
tennis star at all times.
"If I had known she had no such feelings
toward me I would never have gone there,"
Lepeska told the court. "I regret it; I sincerely