I will burn your world down: Renowned pianist stalked by his ex-lover

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 (Evening Standard)
(Evening Standard)

An internationally-renowned pianist was stalked for four months by a former lover who threatened to expose their “affair” to his family, a court heard.

Gergely Kaposi was deluged with messages and emails from mother-of-two Lijian Zhang, as she threatened to “burn your world down” after the end of their relationship.

Zhang, 50, told the musician “God has sent me and I won’t let go” as she ignored his efforts to cut off contact, Uxbridge magistrates court heard.

She used the alias “piano mum” to continue her campaign on Facebook, contacting Mr Kaposi’s friends and their families as well as sending out intimate messages they had shared.

Mr Kaposi, a former conductor at the Hungarian State Opera House, was appointed in 2013 as the director of music and organist at St Andrews Church, Kingsbury, and has performed piano concerts around the world.

But he told the court he considered leaving Britain and changing his profession after being pursued relentlessly by Zhang. “He is concerned that Ms Zhang will continue to harass him and destroy his life and reputation”, prosecutor Zara Khan said.

Gergely Kaposi
Gergely Kaposi

Mr Kaposi said his relationship with his adult children had been damaged by the stalking campaign, while he has suffered from sleepless nights.

Zhang was convicted of stalking and two counts of harassment against Mr Kaposi’s friends, and has been remanded into custody until sentencing this month. “This is a very serious case”, said District Judge Deborah Wright, as she sent the case to the crown court to be sentenced. “It was designed to cause maximum distress.”

The court heard the stalking took place between September 2019 and January last year. Ms Khan told the court: “Ms Zhang repeatedly sent messages to him and also sent separate messages of a sexual nature to friends and family members without his consent. She threatened to expose their relationship to his children in Hungary.”

Reading out a selection of messages, Ms Khan said Zhang wrote: “Don’t take me lightly, I will burn your world down. I could raise you up, I could also drown you.” Zhang claimed: “God has sent me and I won’t let go.” She had “threatened to expose the affair” when Kaposi pleaded with her to stop.

Zhang, from Pinner, collapsed to the floor of the dock, shouting “I’m innocent” before she was led away to the cell. She denied but was convicted of stalking involving serious alarm or distress and two counts of harassment without violence.

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