Sandra Bullock praised for remaining calm on resurfaced 911 call after stalker broke into her home

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By Nasima Khatun

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Sandra Bullock has been praised for remaining calm on a resurfaced 911 call after a stalker broke into her house.

After the release of Netflix's hit show, Baby Reindeer, other celebrities talking about their own experiences of being stalked have become a trending topic online.

Back in 2014, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about a traumatic experience she had to endure when a man who claimed he was obsessively in love with her broke into her home.

Speaking during an episode of Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, the 59-year-old recalled the incident.

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"It was the one night that Louis wasn’t with me," the Ocean’s Eight star said as per The Hollywood Reporter, referencing her son, whom she adopted in 2010. "It was the one night that our nanny goes, 'Let me just take him to my apartment which is up the street because you’re going to be out late.'"

She continued: "Had he been home, I would’ve run to the closet, which is now my official closet but that was his bedroom, and it would have changed our destiny forever,” she added. “The violation of that. I wasn’t the same after that. I was unraveling.”


In the 911 call, Bullock can be heard saying: "I can't hear anything, I'm locked in my closet. All I saw is like a dark sweatshirt and dark pants. Are they close?

"I'm in my closet I don't think he can see anything," she added to the call handler.

Many applauded Bullock for the way she handled the situation, with one social media user stating: "She's amazingly well composed."

Others also wondered where her security that night was, but people shut down the conversation, emphasizing that it wasn't the most important part of the story.

"Everyone seems to be downplaying the situation because she’s famous," this user added. "Fact is, she is still [a] human being - a small woman who was home alone with a stalker in her house searching for her. A stalker so obsessed that he climbed over barbed wire to get to her. Must have been terrifying for her."

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In the end, the perpetrator, Joshua James Corbett, pleaded no contest to one felony count each of stalking and first-degree residential burglary and was sentenced to five years probation while also receiving treatment for mental health issues.

However, just a year later, he took his own life after a stand-off with police.

Speaking of the incident to the Smiths, the actress stated that the "system had failed him."

“What’s sad is that the system failed him,” she said. “There was an altercation with SWAT and he [took his own life.]”

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After that, Bullock said she hadn’t realized she had PTSD from her home invasion, but that she would end up “sobbing” in unexpected moments.

“I would look left out of a car. Not right. I would look left, and I would start sobbing,” she recalled in the episode. “And I thought to myself, I’m a single parent and this child is going to absorb nothing but fear and trauma and shame from me in the most pivotal times of his life, and I was like, I don’t want to drop that load of baggage onto my beautiful child.”

Featured Image Credit: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty

Sandra Bullock praised for remaining calm on resurfaced 911 call after stalker broke into her home

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By Nasima Khatun

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Sandra Bullock has been praised for remaining calm on a resurfaced 911 call after a stalker broke into her house.

After the release of Netflix's hit show, Baby Reindeer, other celebrities talking about their own experiences of being stalked have become a trending topic online.

Back in 2014, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about a traumatic experience she had to endure when a man who claimed he was obsessively in love with her broke into her home.

Speaking during an episode of Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, the 59-year-old recalled the incident.

Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty

"It was the one night that Louis wasn’t with me," the Ocean’s Eight star said as per The Hollywood Reporter, referencing her son, whom she adopted in 2010. "It was the one night that our nanny goes, 'Let me just take him to my apartment which is up the street because you’re going to be out late.'"

She continued: "Had he been home, I would’ve run to the closet, which is now my official closet but that was his bedroom, and it would have changed our destiny forever,” she added. “The violation of that. I wasn’t the same after that. I was unraveling.”


In the 911 call, Bullock can be heard saying: "I can't hear anything, I'm locked in my closet. All I saw is like a dark sweatshirt and dark pants. Are they close?

"I'm in my closet I don't think he can see anything," she added to the call handler.

Many applauded Bullock for the way she handled the situation, with one social media user stating: "She's amazingly well composed."

Others also wondered where her security that night was, but people shut down the conversation, emphasizing that it wasn't the most important part of the story.

"Everyone seems to be downplaying the situation because she’s famous," this user added. "Fact is, she is still [a] human being - a small woman who was home alone with a stalker in her house searching for her. A stalker so obsessed that he climbed over barbed wire to get to her. Must have been terrifying for her."

Credit: Gilbert Flores/Variety/Penske Media/Getty

In the end, the perpetrator, Joshua James Corbett, pleaded no contest to one felony count each of stalking and first-degree residential burglary and was sentenced to five years probation while also receiving treatment for mental health issues.

However, just a year later, he took his own life after a stand-off with police.

Speaking of the incident to the Smiths, the actress stated that the "system had failed him."

“What’s sad is that the system failed him,” she said. “There was an altercation with SWAT and he [took his own life.]”

Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty

After that, Bullock said she hadn’t realized she had PTSD from her home invasion, but that she would end up “sobbing” in unexpected moments.

“I would look left out of a car. Not right. I would look left, and I would start sobbing,” she recalled in the episode. “And I thought to myself, I’m a single parent and this child is going to absorb nothing but fear and trauma and shame from me in the most pivotal times of his life, and I was like, I don’t want to drop that load of baggage onto my beautiful child.”

Featured Image Credit: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty