Leona Lewis In 'Horrible Shock' After Attack In London Store Signing

Oct 16th, 2009

While we're always the kind of people to poke fun at things, we do have a limit. And some guy in London just hit that limit when he hit Leona Lewis during her store signing at Waterstone's outlet in London's Piccadilly neighborhood. The Bleeding Love singer was caught off guard when she was punched in the head while signing copies of her recently released autobiography "Dreams."

MTV.com reports:

The "Bleeding Love" singer was suddenly attacked by a man who had been waiting in line but then unexpectedly struck her before being detained by Lewis' handlers and store security. Lewis fled the scene with her hand covering her face and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. She did not need treatment for her injuries.

Peter Kowalczyk, 29, was charged with common assault for allegedly attacking Lewis and is being held under the Mental Health Act at a psychiatric hospital, according to BBC News. Lewis canceled a promotional visit to Germany on Thursday (October 16) in the wake of the attack. (source)

Leona released a statement yesterday which stated she was still in "horrible shock" and that the events had left her "extremely hurt and upset." Kowalcyzk is said to have some kind of mental problem as he waited in line for five hours before he walked up and punched her.

An eyewitness to the incident told the BBC that Kowalczyk was laughing as he was being reprimanded by officials. "She was running out with her hand over her eye and I just saw a man on the floor," the fan said. "Suddenly the security all jumped on him and they were trying to pull him out and he was just laughing, he thought it was funny."

On Friday, England's Sun reported that Kowalczyk was a reject from the British talent show "X Factor" — which Lewis won in 2006 — and that he was jealous of the singer's success. Kowalczyk is slated to appear in court on the charges on October 26. (source)

If that's not crazy, we don't know what it is. Send the guy to the loony bin.

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