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Salem Witch: This Warlock Is Harassing Me

The pair head to court Wednesday to decide if she gets order of protection
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 28, 2015 10:56 AM CDT
Salem Witch: This Warlock Is Harassing Me
In this 2005 file photo, Christian Day waits in a crowd in Salem, Mass., for the unveiling of a statute depicting fictional witch Samantha Stevens from the 1960s TV sitcom "Bewitched."   (Michael Dwyer)

A woman who calls herself a witch priestess is taking the self-proclaimed "world's best-known warlock" to court over accusations of harassment. Lori Sforza, who runs a witchcraft shop and leads a pagan church in Salem, Mass., filed for court-ordered protection against harassment from Christian Day, whom she accuses of harassing her online and over the phone for three years. The two will meet in court on Wednesday, when a judge in Salem District Court is to decide whether Sforza's allegations amount to harassment and if she needs court protection. Day owns occult shops in Salem and New Orleans, per his website. The 75-year-old Sforza accuses Day, 45, of repeatedly calling her late at night from a private number and swearing at her, says her attorney, Fiore Porreca.

"She's being abused, intimidated, and harassed," Porreca said; Sforza also alleges Day made malicious posts about her on social media. Porreca said the harassment has hurt his client's business. On her website, Sforza calls herself a psychic and clairvoyant. She claims to be a descendant of Italian witches who healed victims of the bubonic plague. She is also the founder of Our Lord and Lady Of The Trinacrian Rose. Day, for his part, created Salem's Festival of the Dead in 2003; it has expanded to include a psychic and witchcraft fair and a seance. Sforza and Day were once business associates in Salem, Porreca said. They also made headlines in 2011 when they cast spells together to try to heal actor Charlie Sheen, who had called himself a "Vatican assassin warlock." (More Salem stories.)

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