Simon Cowell "Shaken Up" After Female Intruder Busts Into Home

Celebrity News Mar. 26, 2012 AT 11:06AM
Simon Cowell "Shaken Up" After Female Intruder Busts Into Home Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/

X Factor's Simon Cowell had quite the scare over the weekend when he came face-to-face with a female intruder at his London home Saturday.

The victim of an apparent break-in, the 52-year-old reality TV mogul found the woman armed with a brick and going room to room in his West London mansion.

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"The woman who was in his house clearly has some sort of mental problems," a source tells Us Weekly of Cowell's intruder, later identified as Leanne Zaloumis, 29, of Catford, South East London. "She roamed around the house, lied in his bed, [and went] through his bathroom."

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Charged with one count of aggravated burglary, Zaloumis appeared before West London Magistrates' Court Monday. During the eight-minute hearing, it was revealed that Zaloumis intended to "inflict grievous bodily harm upon a person therein and at the time of committing the said burglary had with [her] a weapon of offense, namely a broken house brick."

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"It's been quite surreal, and frightening, but I was lucky that I didn't get hurt and nothing bad happened," Cowell told a friend after the incident, vowing to reevaluate his home's security settings.

"I don't want something like this to happen again, because it could have been much worse a weapon than a brick," said Cowell. "It could have been a gun."

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