Sheryl Crow testified in a New York courtroom Monday that she felt “nervous, chaotic and alarmed” during a run-in with an alleged stalker last year.
Crow took the stand at 11:50 a.m. to testify against Ambrose Kappos, 38, a former Navy diver accused of stalking and burglary after allegedly breaking into the dressing room of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, where the 42-year-old singer was performing in October 2003. Her father and sister also testified against Kappos.
Crow, who sported blond hair and wore a black suit, looked tanned and relaxed during her testimony. She avoided eye contact with Kappos as she explained the incident leading up to Kappos’s arrest on Oct. 6, 2003, during a soundcheck at the concert venue.
“Just after soundcheck I saw someone leaning against the wall,” Crow said. “Usually people have passes or are doing something – not just standing there. He was a complete stranger.”
Crow said she didn’t know that anything serious had gone wrong until she was pushed into her limo by her manager. “I walked outside the artist’s entrance heading out to the limo. I came out to the car and all of a sudden, there’s chaos,” she said. “My manager pushed me into the car, he told me, ‘Get into the car! Get into the car!'”
“I felt nervous, chaotic, and alarmed,” she added.
Crow said she usually has a good rapport with her fans. “For the most part I’ve had great fans and I like that about my life,” she said. “I’m always nervous when people I care about are put in a situation where they’re forced to protect me.”
Crow left the courtroom immediately after her testimony, and neither she nor her family were present for a videotaped questioning of Kappos. In the video, Kappos claimed that he and Crow are “spiritual twins, if there was such a thing. I feel this unexplainable closeness, similarities and similar wavelengths.”
Kappos allegedly hounded the singer for a year, prompting Crow to take a restraining order against him.
Earlier in the day, Crow’s sister Kathryn took the stand, testifying that Kappos first called her unlisted number back in July 2002. “He had a message from God. He wanted to relay it to (Sheryl),” Kathryn recalled. “He said she was a soul sister. He wanted to deliver the message personally.”
Kathryn Crow sent an e-mail to her family and Sheryl’s managers warning them about the call. Soon after Catherine sent the note, Kappos allegedly turned up at the office of Sheryl’s father, Wendell Crow.
“He was in a dress-blue uniform, polished with a crew cut,” Wendell Crow said. “He was very intense. He was bearing down on my eyes.”