Manukonda received a verbal warning from cops, but Zuckerberg claims he has continued to try to contact him. These communications include at least one Facebook message on December 22, 2010 and one hand-written letter on January 28, 2011. The judge has decided Manukonda must stay at least 300 yards away from Zuckerberg, his sister Randi, and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The orders may change after a hearing later this month.
After receiving the restraining order, Manukonda has claimed he never meant to scare Zuckerberg, feels terrible about the whole situation, and promises to never bother the Facebook CEO again. Here's what he told TMZ:
"I'm a peaceful guy ... I'm sorry he thought I was trying to harm him." Pradeep says he was dealing with a major personal problem -- and "I thought Mark would be able to give me advice." Pradeep wouldn't disclose the nature of his problem, but insists it had nothing to do with computers. Pradeep continues, "I understand he's a busy man ... I'll respect his privacy."
Remember, Facebook stalking can be harmful or harmless, but in the real world, stalking is just stalking.