Leona attacker was X Factor reject

The man who punched Leona Lewis in the face at her book signing was jealous X Factor reject

The man who assaulted Leona Lewis was reportedly jealous of her success, after he failed to make it through the first round of the X Factor.

Peter Kowalczyk, 29, has been charged with assault and sectioned under the mental health act following the attack, which took place at the Waterstone’s book store in Piccadilly, on Wednesday afternoon.

Leona, who won the X Factor in 2006, had been happily signing copies of her autobiography Dreams for over 90 minutes, but fled the store in tears after being viciously punched in the face.

Kowalcsyk – who has a history of mental health problems – is currently being held in a psychiatric unit, and is due to appear in court later this month.

His dad Tomasz has said that his son ‘wants to be a singer‘.

‘He went along and queued at X Factor. How far he got with it? Nowhere.’

Leona, who has been left bruised and shaken after the ordeal, has cancelled a promotional tour due to take place in Germany this week, and yesterday released a statement about the incident.

‘Yesterday was a horrible shock and left me extremely hurt and upset,’ said the 24-year-old. ‘I’m very sorry to those I wasn’t able to meet at the signing. Thank you again for all of the lovely messages. Love you all.’

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