- The order protects Qerim, Smith, Andrews, Andrews’ fiancé and Smith’s sister
- Ahmed Abubakar has agreed to stay 100 yards away from the ESPN hosts
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ESPN anchors Molly Qerim, Malika Andrews and Stephen A. Smith have been granted a three-year restraining order against an alleged stalker accused of an “unhealthy obsession” with the network stars.
Ahmed Abubakar, 41, a New Jersey-based internist, was named in the workplace violence restraining order Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he was recently accused of visiting the network’s studios in Southern California to confront Andrews .
Tuesday’s ruling follows a preliminary injunction filed last month on behalf of Andrews. The protective order also protects Andrews’ fiancé, ESPN NBA reporter Dave McMenamin, and Smith’s sister Sumatra Hawkins, another ESPN employee.
At the request of ESPN’s lawyer, Abubakar agreed on Friday to stay 100 meters away from Qerim, Andrews and Smith. He has previously been accused of intruding on Qerim’s Connecticut residence, and the network claimed he was an “imminent threat” to its hosts.
According to legal documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Abubakar allegedly sent obscene and threatening direct messages to ESPN hosts via social media.
Ahmed Abubakar (pictured) agreed to stay 100 yards away from Smith, Andrews and Qerim
ESPN presenter Molly Qerim (pictured) was allegedly confronted at her home by Ahmed Abubakar
Stephen A. Smith (left) and Malika Andrews (center) are also named in the protective order
“You evil son of a bitch,” began a message in court documents said to have been sent to Qerim by Abubakar.
“You liked to monitor yourself and said you never met me,” the message continued. “I hope that endometriosis destroys all of your sexual organs so that you never get a man…”
“May God punish you in hellfire for all eternity.”
In another social media post on May 5, Abubakar shared a photo he appeared to have taken near the ESPN studios in Los Angeles.
Andrews claims in the court filing that she began receiving the messages in September 2022, while Qerim said she began hearing from Abubakar a year earlier.
According to court documents, Abubakar shared a photo from outside the ESPN studios in LA on May 5
In other posts, Abubakar used Smith’s Twitter handle to warn the anchor that he was watching him in his Los Angeles office. (Smith and Qerim also film their show “First Take” at ESPN’s studios in Manhattan.)
“@stephenasmith see you at the ESPN studios alongside @malika_andrews, @JalenRose and @RealMikeWilbon,” Abubakar reportedly wrote.
Abubakar allegedly accused Qerim of owing him $5,000, which led him to confront her in Connecticut. As a result, he was charged with harassment, physical threats and trespassing.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for December.