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Sheryl Crow 'alarmed by stalker'
Sheryl Crow
Mr Kappos said he felt "an unexplained closeness" to Crow
Singer Sheryl Crow has told a court she was "alarmed" and made "really nervous" by an ex-US Navy diver on trial for stalking her for more than a year.

A New York court heard on Monday that Ambrose Kappos, 38, tried to meet the star and contacted her family.

Mr Kappos, who said he was Crow's "spiritual twin", is charged with stalking, harassment and burglary.

Crow said she once saw him outside her dressing room but he had not contacted her personally or threatened her.

Mr Kappos was arrested in October 2003 after allegedly breaking into a Manhattan venue where the singer was rehearsing.

I was headed into the limo and suddenly there's chaos and I was pushed into the car
Sheryl Crow on her encounter with Ambrose Kappos
"I thought it strange that someone would be outside the dressing room who was not supposed to be there," Crow said.

Mr Kappos tried to approach her as she left the Hammerstein Ballroom, she said.

"I was headed into the limo and suddenly there's chaos and I was pushed into the car, and my manager was telling someone, 'Back away! Back away!'

"It was chaotic and very alarming. That's when I became aware of who he was." He said: 'Hi, I'm Ambrose', before being hustled away, the star said.

He said at that time that God had been speaking to him
Kathryn Crow
"I was alarmed, more than anything else. I was really nervous about it," she told the court.

The court also heard Mr Kappos telephoned Crow's sister Kathryn at her home and office in June 2002 to try to arrange a meeting with the singer.

"He said at that time that God had been speaking to him," Kathryn Crow said.

The star's father, Wendell Crow, 72, said Mr Kappos went to his office two days later in his Navy uniform and was "a spit and polish sailor" who made a good impression.

'Soul mate'

Mr Kappos told him he was not a "nut or kook and that he was a Navy Seal", Mr Crow said.

"He said he felt he was a soul mate to my daughter Sheryl, that he was the answer to her prayers. He wanted me to arrange a meeting with her."

In a video statement, Mr Kappos, who is free on bail, said he felt "an unexplained closeness, a familiarity" to Crow.

He could face more than seven years in jail if convicted. Prosecutors said he was not a Navy Seal but a diver in a unit that worked with them.

His mother Irene told the court her son had been "enamoured" with the singer but no longer wanted to meet her.

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