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Erin Andrews Had 'Meltdown' After Sentencing

ESPN reporter 'angry' over length of sentence

(Newser) - Erin Andrews’ peephole stalker is headed to prison, but the ESPN reporter is still mad, and doesn’t think his 30-month sentence is long enough. “I had a pretty big comedown, a meltdown last night, I think, after I got back from the courtroom,” she told Good Morning ... More »

Erin Andrews' Stalker Sentenced to 2½ Years

ESPN reporter sought harsher punishment for peeping tom

(Newser) - The Illinois insurance executive who followed Erin Andrews around the country and shot nude videos of her at hotels was sentenced to 2½ years in prison today. The ESPN reporter was in court in Los Angeles to see Michael Barrett, 48, learn his fate. At a December court hearing where... More »

Dr. Drew Stalker Busted

Suspect accused of threatening to kill TV doc's family

(Newser) - A California man has been arrested and charged with felony stalking for allegedly threatening to kill celebrity physician Drew Pinsky. Charles Pearson sent threatening message over the Internet, including one in which he threatened to kill the doctor's children and make his wife eat them, Dr. Drew tells TMZ. More »

Erin Andrews: Peephole Stalker Deserves Max

'I hope he never sees the light of day,' she says of Michael Barrett

(Newser) - Erin Andrews had some harsh words for her stalker when she faced him in court for the first time yesterday. Though Michael Barrett’s plea agreement recommends two years in prison, Andrews pushed for the maximum of five, saying, “I hope he never sees the light of day again,... More »

Erin Andrews Begins Hotel Safety Crusade

ESPN reporter's peeping tom will plead guilty today

(Newser) - Erin Andrews is on a mission to make hotels safer for guests, after a stalker filmed her nude through a modified peephole. The ESPN reporter is expected to announce the new initiative after her accused stalker, Michael David Barrett, pleads guilty in federal court today. She plans to sue the... More »

Erin Andrews' Peeping Tom to Plead Guilty

Michael Barrett faces 5 years in prison, $250K fine

(Newser) - The man charged with snooping on ESPN's Erin Andrews and trying to sell the nude footage has agreed to plead guilty. Michael Barrett, 48, faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate stalking, reports the Chicago Tribune . "He does accept full responsibility for his conduct,... More »

Seacrest 'Fine' After Stalker Arrest

LA cops arrest man armed with knife at E! office

(Newser) - Ryan Seacrest twitters that he's "fine" and "happy" now that his stalker is in police custody. LA police arrested 25-year-old Chidi Uzomah yesterday after he entered the E! offices looking for Seacrest and armed with a knife. Security guards recognized Uzomah because he was arrested last month after... More »

Extortion Try Just Latest Weirdness in Dave's Life

Letterman's extortion plot follows earlier stalkers, would-be kidnapper

(Newser) - David Letterman’s extortion drama is just the latest in a long line of bizarre happenings. A look back:
  • 1993: Margaret Ray, who stole Letterman’s Porsche in the 1980s and called herself “Mrs. David Letterman,” broke into his home at least seven times and was arrested in
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French Cops Save Tourist Girl Snatched by Internet Stalker

(Newser) - French police rescued a vacationing Scottish girl who was snatched by an Internet stalker, reports the Daily Mail. The girl, 12, was whisked to the Marseille airport from a villa where she was vacationing with her parents by a 41-year-old Belgian man she had encountered earlier on the Internet. She... More »

Intern in the Twilight Zone: Pattinson's Stalking Me!

She pretends to be 'so over it,' but dreams of their eventual romance

(Newser) - When Robert Pattinson, heartthrob of the tween set, just happens to pop up everywhere a certain BlackBook intern goes, there’s only one conclusion: “There is nothing blasé about it, but Robert Pattinson is stalking me,” writes the unnamed intern, herself a Pattinson stalker. And with his latest... More »

LeAnn Takes High Road on Rumors

Rep calls 'stalker' comment defamatory

(Newser) - LeAnn Rimes responded to accusations that she's stalking her co-star and rumored lover—by not really responding. The singer tells People, “I’m a classy woman, I’m never going to battle anything out in the press.” Earlier yesterday, Rimes’ rep called the stalker comment, leveled by Eddie... More »

Wesleyan Suspect Wrote 'It's OK to Kill Jews'

Cops say Morgan's journal contained anti-Semitic comments, murder threats

(Newser) - Stephen Morgan wrote murderous and anti-Semitic comments in his journal the day he is accused of killing a Wesleyan student, according to court papers seen by the New York Times. “I think it okay to kill Jews, and go on a killing spree at this school,” wrote the... More »

Tyra Stalker Convicted, Avoids Jail

Judge urges attorney to get Brady Green out of New York

(Newser) - A Brooklyn grocer who threatened to slit the throat of a studio staffer for denying him access to Tyra Banks was convicted today of stalking the supermodel. A judge spared Brady Green jail time and suggested he leave New York for “a location where he can thrive,” the... More »

Johnson Stalker Hit With 3-Year Restraining Order

(Newser) - The restraining order against Shawn Johnson stalker Robert Michael O’Ryan has been extended to 3 years, E! reports today. The Johnson family is “pleased with the decision,” their lawyer said. O’Ryan is being held in a California jail for trespassing on a studio lot—guns, duct... More »

Olympian Could Be the Dancing Queen

Gymnast Johnson, 17, may earn $365K from reality show contest

(Newser) - Shawn Johnson could rake in a bundle if she succeeds as a reality star, TMZ reports. The Dancing with the Stars contestant, whose contract to appear on the show had to be approved by a judge because she’s a minor, made $125,000 just for being a contestant. The... More »

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker Pleads Not Guilty

Hearing set for next month

(Newser) - The man accused of stalking Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday, E! reports. In addition to his felony stalking charge, Robert O’Ryan, 34, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm. He is being held on $220,000 bail, and his... More »

Shawn Johnson Stalker Busted at Dancing Lot

Guns, duct tape, love letters found in crazed fan's car

(Newser) - A man obsessed with Shawn Johnson has been arrested after jumping a fence in a bid to get on the set of Dancing With the Stars, People reports. Two loaded guns, duct tape, love letters and memorabilia featuring the 17-year-old Olympic gymnast were found in the man's car after he... More »

Stalkers Terrorize 3M Americans a Year: Study

Statistics prompt new calls for updated laws

(Newser) - More than 3 million Americans, mostly women aged 18-24, are stalked each year, but it’s an abuse rarely prosecuted, the Chicago Tribune reports. The staggering figure from a first-ever Justice Department study highlights the need to strengthen laws and enforcement, especially with technology now making it easier for stalkers... More »

Cowell Regrets Suicide of Idol Contestant

But doubts producers shrugged off Abdul's protests about audition

(Newser) - Simon Cowell says he regrets not realizing how troubled the American Idol contestant who killed herself outside judge Paula Abdul’s home last month was, but refutes Abdul’s claim that she begged producers to keep the obsessed Paula Goodspeed off the show. “I wish we could have spent... More »

Paula Almost Loses It on Letterman

Idol judge can't handle stalker questions

(Newser) - Poor, beleaguered Paula Abdul came unglued at the end of her interview with David Letterman last night, Gawker reports. The singer got upset when Letterman brought up her recent allegations that American Idol purposely brought known stalker Paula Goodspeed—who later committed suicide—onto the show. After a few minutes... More »

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