Florida Woman Charged with Stalking Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell
A woman has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and his family.
Jessica Robbins of Tampa Bay, Fla., was taking into custody on July 25 after sending numerous social media messages that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives, an FBI agent wrote in a federal court complaint, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Robbins used different online usernames to post more than 100 messages about the couple, according to the FBI. Cornell and his wife, Vicky, removed their two children from a New York school out of fear that the woman would harm them, court records say.
Robbins was released Friday after posting the $50,000 bail, but a Tampa court has ruled that she is not allowed to have contact with Cornell and his family or use the Internet. She is also required to wear an ankle bracelet.
Soundgarden is currently touring North American amphitheaters with co-headliner Nine Inch Nails. The tour is scheduled to visit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 11.
The charges stem back to 2008 or 2009 when Robbins helped organize a public signing for Cornell, where she ran toward the singer yelling his name and asking whether he'd received her manuscripts. Cornell claims he had never met the woman, according to court records, cited by the Tampa Bay Times. After the incident, she posted online videos accusing the Soundgarden frontman of plagiarizing her writings.
Robbins later posted another online message alleging that Vicky Cornell was abusing her children and addicted to drugs. She took it a step further by contacting the New York State Office of Children and Family Services with the same accusation.
Additionally, Robbins wrote online that she traveled to Cornell’s home in Miami last year to visit the singer, but wasn’t able to access an elevator to get in, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Court records reportedly say that Cornell and his wife have suffered “emotional trauma, inability to focus on work activities, sleep loss, and anxiety.”