Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are the latest celebs to seek protection from a crazed fan – and they’re not the only ones

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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her husband, Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, have had to deal with the fear of a stalker this year. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her husband, Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, have had to deal with the fear of a stalker this year. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

They’ve just celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary but what should be a joyous time for Sofia Vergara (48) and Joe Manganiello (43) is instead one tinged with fear.

The Modern Family star and her hubby are the latest in a string of Hollywood celebrities who’ve found themselves at the mercy of a stalker.

A man named Rengifo Randazzo was arrested recently for trespassing in their gated community.

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Sofia's producing partner, Luis Balaguer, issued a request for a restraining order for himself, Sofia and her family. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

After being picked he admitted to stalking the actress and her husband, along with Sofia’s producing partner, Luis Balaguer, and her grown-up son, Manolo.

The incident sparked Luis to file a request with a judge for a restraining order, to keep him at least 100 yards (91m) away from any of them at all times.

In court documents, Luis claimed Rengifo is mentally unstable and that Sofia and her entire family “fear for their lives” as he has a history of domestic violence arrests and has had other restraining orders out against him.

Sofia and Joe are trying to carry on with their lives and recently shared some beautiful pictures of their fifth wedding anniversary on Instagram.

These A-list stars were also targeted this year.

Josh Groban

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Josh Groban and his girlfriend, Schuyler Helford - pictured at a Broadway event last year - have also been at the mercy of a stalker. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In September, the 39-year-old singer was successful in getting a restraining order out against a female stalker who’d been terrorising him and his girlfriend for years.

The drama started back in 2011 when he was forced to cancel a date with her because he was ill. The woman started to pester him soon after, which madehim call off the date completely.

What followed was years of harassment, to the point that the Grammy nominee’s security had to forcibly remove her from public spaces he was in.As recently as May she was sending him and his girlfriend, actress Schuyler Helford, sexually explicit and threatening DMs such as “

You wanna try honouring the home we’re going to have children [in] by not ******* other women in it [sic].”

She must now stay at least 90m away from Josh, his family and his girlfriend and can no longer contact them online.

Naomie Harris

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British actress Naomie Harris at the Bafta Awards in London in February - the same month a stalker rocked up at her flat in London. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 44-year-old James Bond star was left “absolutely terrified” earlier this year when a Danish man tracked her down to her north London home.

Ii Ovisyonairo Ii (37) arrived on her doorstep after sending her a scented letter on Valentine’s Day. The 11-page note was written on red paper and signed “with unconditional love from your compassionate companion”.

The incident led to the British actress suffering a panic attack.Turns out Ii’s obsession started last year when he booked an appointment with the actress’ mother, Carmen Harris, who runs reiki healing sessions.She picked up something wasn’t right when he said it was his “human right” to make contact with her daughter and wanted to do it on 11 November as he wanted it to be “their anniversary”.

Since the February incident, he was arrested and admitted to two counts of stalking Naomi and her mother and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Katy Perry

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Katie Perry - seen here accepting her Impact Award for the positive influence her music has had on society during the virtual Gracie Awards this year - has got a restraining order out against her stalker. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The pop star has been granted a permanent restraining order against a stalker who made her “fear for my safety, that of my partner, my newborn child, our family and friends”.

The 36-year-old singer; her fiancé, Orlando Bloom; their baby daughter, Daisy Dove; and Orlando’s son, Flynn (9), are all covered by the order against the man, named as William Terry (38).Katy lists one incident in September when she says he “jumped the fence of my home in the Beverly Hills area. Security ordered him to leave. When he refused, he was arrested by the LAPD”.

The Daisies singer also accused Terry, who lives in his car, of making threats on social media. “He’s made threats on Twitter, including that he wants to ‘snap Orlando Bloom's neck’ as well as lewd posts about me. He poses a violent threat to all of us.”

Terry must now stay at least 90m away from the singer, her family and staff. He also cannot attend any of her live performances or contact her on social media.

SOURCES: ALLVIP.COM, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, THEGUARDIAN.COM, OANOW.COM

 

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