Canadian woman charged with stalking Alec Baldwin

Sabourin leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after being arraigned. — Reuters picSabourin leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after being arraigned. — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 10 — A Canadian woman was charged yesterday with stalking actor Alec Baldwin after appearing outside his New York City apartment over the weekend following a series of emails and messages that in some cases referred to the bachelor as her husband.

Genevieve Sabourin, 40, of Montreal was charged with five misdemeanour offences including aggravated harassment and stalking, and she was released on her own recognisance.

New York City criminal court Judge Richard Weinberg also ordered Sabourin to stay away from Baldwin, and have “no contact whatsoever, direct or indirect”, with the “30 Rock” actor.

The charges and Sabourin’s arrest on Sunday stem from a series of text messages and emails she sent Baldwin since the two met for dinner in late 2010, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

In court, Baldwin’s lawyer said the actor, who just last week announced his engagement to girlfriend Hilaria Thomas, had agreed to meet with Sabourin as a favour to a friend.

Initially, the emails and texts following that meeting were simply “annoying” to Baldwin, and he asked Sabourin to stop, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

Last week, the volume and intensity of the emails increased and included one that said, in part, “I NEED TO START MY NEW LIFE, WITH MY NEW NAME, WITH MY NEW CARRIER IN MY NEW COUNTRY HELP MY NEWLY HUSBAND, YOU!,” according to the complaint.

It said the emails caused Baldwin “anxiety, annoyance and fear” for his safety and business.

A court-appointed lawyer for Sabourin, a petite woman who appeared in court wearing all black, told Judge Weinberg she and Baldwin “had a mutual relationship with texts, emails going in both directions” and added “there is not a single threat here”.

A new court date was set for May 14. — Reuters


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