Simon Cowell Confronts Brick-Wielding Intruder in London Home
Leanne Zaloumis, 29, described as an overzealous fan, faces charges in the incident
The normally unflappable Simon Cowell was said to be terrified after an alarming incident Saturday night when he came face to face with an intruder wielding a brick in his west London home.
Leanne Zaloumis, 29, thought to be an overzealous fan, was subdued by the X Factor judge’s on-site security team, Reuters reports. She was later charged with trespassing on the property and intending to “inflict grievous bodily harm upon a person therein.”
Cowell spokesman Max Clifford told the Sun that his client heard a loud bang and rushed upstairs to investigate.
“It came from the bathroom, so he went in – and there was a woman standing there holding a brick,” Clifford said. “She had smashed her way in through the window, and it was unclear how long she had been there or what she was doing.”
Clifford added: “It was a very frightening experience for Simon, who told me it was like something from a horror movie.”
A rep for Cowell declined to comment to PEOPLE, but it is officially now a police matter.
Zaloumis, of Catford is southeast London, was due to appear at West London Magistrates’ Court on Monday.