A woman has been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary at the London home of American Idol and X-Factor media mogul Simon Cowell, the Metropolitan Police has said.
Leanne Zaloumis, 29, of London will appear at West London Magistrates' Court on Monday. The break-in allegedly took place at 2230GMT on Saturday night at the talent show creator's west London home. A spokeswoman for Simon Cowell's production company has refused to talk to the media and give any comment. It is still not clear if the 52-year old multi-millionaire was at home, reports the BBC.
Cowell is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his often outspoken judging, blunt and often controversial criticisms, insults and wisecracks about contestants and their lack of ability on talent shows like The X Factor, American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. It has been estimated by the Sunday Times Rich List that the A & R executive is worth around £200 million ($320m).
A statement by the Metropolitan Police and published in Tellymix said:
Officers attended the address and found a woman had forced entry to the premises. She was arrested and taken to a west London police station where she remains. A 29-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The burglary happened just hours after the first showing of a new series of Britain's Got Talent aired on itv1 and watched by 11 million viewers.