Man accused of stalking Jennifer Lawrence' family held

May 21, 2013, 03:18 IST | PTI

A Chinese-born Canadian citizen is being held on USD 100,000 bail after he was charged with allegedly stalking and harassing the family of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Han Cong Zhao, a 23-year-old former university student from Vancouver, allegedly contacted Lawrence's brother more than 200 times from Canada before he flew to Louisville on April 18 and left a threatening message on his voice mail, reported USA Today.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence. Pic/Santa Banta

Zhao went to the Indian Hills Police Department the same day and asked Chief Kelly Spratt how he could contact Lawrence's parents, according to a criminal complaint.

He allegedly continued to try to contact Lawrence's brother, Blaine, when Zhao was involuntarily held for about three weeks at Central State Hospital, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors say Zhao left a voice mail for Blaine, saying, "I find you or you come to me. You got me really upset, when I am upset, wait and see what happens."

In an April 11 post on his Facebook page in which he urged "Christian conservatives" to "stand up" and "take back" America, Zhao refers to Lawrence and the tumble she took as she accepted her Academy award. Zhao has pleaded not guilty pending a trial scheduled for July 23. Jefferson District Judge Annette Karem ordered him held on USD 100,000 bond at the request of the county attorney's office, which said in court papers that "the victims are in serious danger."' She ordered Zhao to have no contact with the Lawrences. 

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