Simon Cowell Discovers Intruder in His London Home

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Judge Simon Cowell at FOX's "The X Factor"Live Elimination Show on November 17, 2011

Police were called to Simon Cowell’s west London home after an intruder was found.

The break-in occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday as the X Factor judge sat down to watch his appearance on the popular late-night talk show, The Jonathan Ross Show. According to U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, Cowell’s spokesperson, Max Clifford, told a U.K. morning program that Cowell went to investigate a loud crash, only to find a woman, now identified as 29-year-old Leanne Zaloumis, in his bedroom. Zaloumis allegedly broke into the home through a window and was in the home for some time before she was discovered, holding a brick.

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Clifford went on to say Cowell is “still shaky” after the weekend’s events, but is lucky the outcome wasn’t worse. Cowell was unharmed, and nothing appears to be taken from the house, which is valued at £9 million ($14.4 million). Back in 2007, Cowell commented that his home in the exclusive Holland Park neighborhood, where neighbors include Madonna and Nigella Lawson, was as “safe as the Bank of England,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Zaloumis appeared in court Monday morning, where she was charged with aggravated burglary with intent and taken into custody. A judge will hear the case on June 12.

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