The man who punched Leona Lewis in the face at a London book signing on October 14 had previously auctioned for X Factor, it has been revealed.
Scotland Yard confirmed Peter Kowalczyk had been charged with assault and sectioned under the Mental Health Act after hitting Leona at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly, where the former X Factor champ was signing copies of her new autobiography, Dreams.
His father told The Sun the 29-year-old was jealous of Leona’s fame, after trying out for X Factor but failing to get past the first round. “He wants to be a singer. He went along and queued at X Factor. How far he got with it? Nowhere.” Tomasz Kowalczyk was quoted as saying.
Following the incident, Leona released a statement to fans, saying the attack had left her shaken and in pain. “Thank you so much for your support. It was a horrible shock and left me extremely hurt and upset. I’m sorry to those I wasn’t able to meet at the signing. Love you all.”
Kowalczyk will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 26.