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Kourtney Reppert: Model Gains Fame As A Cyberstalking Victim

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jul 10, 2012 03:01 PM EDT

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Kourtney Reppert
Kourtney Reppert, a California model, was stalked and threatened over the internet.(Photo : Kourtney Reppert Facebook)

Kourtney Reppert, a busty blonde California model who was cyberstalked and threatened for months is making the best out of the frightening ordeal.

For four months, 26-year-old Reppert was harassed and stalked online by a strange man on the internet. He sent her over 400 messages threatening to kill her and her parents if she did not quit modeling.

The glamour model and internet personality gained thousands of fans by posting semi-nude photos of herself online, but she also gained some haters. Reppert had moved from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to begin her modeling career, which was going well until she started to receive the threatening emails in March.

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In an interview with Good Morning America, Reppert told her story and revealed one of the emails which said "I'm going to stab you in the f---ing heart and cut your f---ing head off. I will kill your parents, cut them to pieces with a handsaw, do you f---ing understand me? Don't f--- with me or make me mad."

The crazy man claimed to know where Reppert lived, making her afraid to leave the house. He told her to shut down her social media sites, go back home to Pennsylvania and stop modeling altogether. The man used more than 10 different email addresses to harass the young model.

Police investigated and found that the emails belong to 47-year-old Luis Plascenia from Chicago. At his home, where he lived with his mother and sister, police found photo slideshows on the model, her address, and addresses of her friends and family. He also kept track of her followers on social media networks.

Plascenia was arrested on June 26 for cyberstalking. Despite his arrest, Reppert is still scared of what could happen. "I feel relief, but I don't still feel safe," Reppert told ABC.

However, despite her fears, Reppert wants to fight back against cyberbullying. With former Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, Reppert has created a website, www.KourtneyandChelseaCare.com, to support those who are being bullied. She created the site "to help others when they have no one to talk to or have been hiding problems & keeping it to themselves. That's what I did. I didn't know who would understand my issue and when I told them, if they would still stick around," she wrote on her Facebook page.  With the site, she hopes to show support to those who feel like they have no one to talk to.

"I want other victims to have a voice ... We will not tolerate terrorism and bullies! ... I urge other models to not be afraid and take action before it could be too late" she said on Facebook.

To see her Good Morning America Interview, Click Here.

 

 

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