Kendall Jenner, testifying Thursday in the trial of an alleged stalker, said she was “terrified” when the man followed her into the driveway of her Hollywood Hills property and began pounding on her car window as she called friends to report what was happening.
The 20-year-old daughter of Kris and Caitlin Jenner testified that she recognized Shavaughn McKenzie — who was seated on the opposite side of the courtroom — as the man who has “been following me for a couple of years.”
McKenzie, 25, is charged with one misdemeanor count each of stalking and trespassing.
Jenner told the seven-woman, five-man jury that she was returning to her Hollywood Hills home about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 when she saw someone sitting in the street and that she waited for her gate to close.
“I wouldn’t expect someone to be sitting on the side of the street. I definitely thought it was weird … It didn’t make sense,” said Jenner, a model who has appeared on her family’s reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
She told jurors that she was about to open her car door when she saw the figure of a man in her rear view mirror. She rolled the window down about six inches and asked who he was and then asked him once he said his first name, “Can you leave please?”
“I was terrified,” she testified, noting that it “clicked” then that he was the man who had approached her vehicle as she drove near her condominium in Westwood on two separate occasions before she moved to the Hollywood Hills.
“I was crying, I was screaming, I was freaking out,” Jenner testified. “I didn’t know what his intentions were. I was freaking out. I was frightened for sure.”
She said the man began banging on her car window as she was on a cell phone call with a family friend to report what was happening.
“I never got out of my car. I was terrified. I was literally traumatized,” she said, telling jurors that she began backing out of her driveway.
“I started honking at him … I just wanted to make sure I saw wherever he went. He got out of the gate and I drove down the hill,” Jenner said.
She said police arrived after her friends met her vehicle nearby.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” she said.
Jenner said that she didn’t have any security personnel at her house at the time because “security doesn’t make me feel very normal” and she likes to “feel as normal as possible.” When asked by prosecutor Alex Perez whether it was fair to say she was famous, she responded, “I guess.”
Jenner told jurors that McKenzie had previously approached her vehicle twice near her Westwood condominium complex — once in 2015 after he “ran up on me in the street when I was driving my car” and then in a “very aggressive” manner as she drove on Wilshire Boulevard on another occasion.
“It frightened me for sure. Thank God I was in my car,” she said. “Even thinking about it now still freaks me out.”
McKenzie was arrested Aug. 14 by Los Angeles police and has remained in jail since then.
–City News Service
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