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Leona Lewis? Attacker Was Jealous Of Her Singing Career 20.Oct.2009

Leona Lewis was hit by a fan at her book signing.

Leona Lewis? attacker was said to be jealous of the singer's successful music career, and so lashed out and hit her at her book signing in London Wednesday. The man, Peter Kowalczyk, had auditioned for UK TV talent show The X Factor, which Leona won in 2006, but was not good enough to make it through the first stage.

Peter, 29, was arrested by police shortly after the incident and charged with assault. Last night, he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and is now at a psychiatric hospital. Leona, who has released a statement saying she was "extremely hurt and upset," spent yesterday being comforted by boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa and her father Joe at her London home. She is said to be devastated following the incident.

The 24-year-old singer has decided to increase her security to ensure nothing like this happens again.