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Man Who Punched Leona Lewis Is Charged And Detained In Psych Ward

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Leona Lewis sounds like she could have been bleeding, but it certainly wasn't love, at her book signing yesterday when a fan came to the front of the line and allegedly punched her in the face. The "Bleeding Love" singer was autographing copies of her new book Dreams at a shop in London’s Piccadilly district when the man, 29-year-old Peter Kopwalczyk attacked her. Sources say he has been charged with assault and detained for psychiatric evaluation.

He supposedly waited patiently in line to speak to the singer and when he reached the front he lashed out, after which 5 members of Leona’s security team jumped on him and pinned him down. As Leona, 24, ran away, Peter shouted: “I love you, Leona!”

A fan hit Leona Lewis at her book signing yesterday. (Getty Images)
She responded: “I don’t love you!”

Witness Emily Rose said: “It was horrendous. She let out a piercing scream and grabbed her temple. Security piled on this guy and Leona just started running."

Fan Steve Caris added: "This bloke looked like a nutcase. He really walloped Leona. She must have been in agony."

Leona’s mother Maria and boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa accompanied her to the event, and Lou had to be physically restrained as he attempted to confront her attacker. Leona was immediately taken a London hospital where she was checked for concussion. She was due to appear on a UK TV show in the evening, but pulled out as she was too upset. A source explained: “She's very shaken. She keeps asking why anyone would want to hurt her. Leona's the sweetest, most mild-mannered girl. It was like kicking a kitten.”

Peter has been arrested on suspicion of actually bodily harm, and Leona is believed to be likely to press charges. Simon Cowell, who mentored Leona when she won the 2006 series of UK TV talent show The X Factor, has called the star to offer his support. Sharon Osbourne, who was a judge on Leona’s series of the show, was also furious to hear of the incident.
She said: “He should have the s**t kicked out of him for that. She is the most lovely, genuine person ever. If I saw him, I would kick the s**t out of him.”

Leona’s spokesman said: “Leona is obviously shocked after yesterday but is OK. She would like to convey her thanks to everyone for their kind messages and support.”

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