“Gossip Girl” mama Kelly Rutherford got a temporary restraining order yesterday against her estranged husband Daniel Giersch, claiming that he “has begun to follow me, my mother and my nanny and he shows up unexpectedly to threaten and scare us.” Giersch’s lawyers claim these are “fabricated accusations” but the family’s nanny quit, claiming that Giersch threatened to sue her when she refused to answer questions about his wife. After three months of custody battles (which have kept Rutherford in California, thus the awkward “GG” storyline of her being mysteriously out of town), the hearing will be held on October 15th. [People]
It seems everyone in Hollywood has stalkers, but only the hardcore weirdos require legal action. Up next, some of Hollywood’s most worrisome restraining orders.
- A judge ordered a restraining order on Tom Cruise‘s behalf against an Iraq War veteran named Edward Van Tassel who stood over a freeway overpass waving a gun and a sign, and then tried to hand deliver a note to Tom Cruise, asking him to help other veterans. Van Tassel’s attorney described the gun incident as a “protest.” [Your Celeb Source] — A protest of what? Sanity?
- Audrina Patridge was forced to run for “The Hills” when Zachary Loring came to her doorstep with poems, letters, and creepy drawings, including one of a woman being strangled. Loring stopped by three times that week and surveillance cameras showed that he spent about seven hours outside her house. Now Loring has to stay 100 yards away from the reality star. [StarPulse] — He should have known that girls prefer pictures of flowers or puppies. Amateur.
- Britney Spears‘ dad filed restraining orders on her behalf against her former manager Sam Lutfi, ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, and former attorney Jon Jay Eardley. Lutfi supposedly dodged the process servers for 20 days, making it impossible for them to serve him the restraining order and Ghalib, who used to be paparazzi, was still talking to Britney. The men were accused of “working in concert to disrupt the conservatorship, with an utter disregard for Ms. Spears’ health and well being.” [Access Hollywood] — It wasn’t really clear if Britney ever wanted those guys out of her life, but given her bad mental state, it’s a safe assumption that they weren’t helping.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt was granted a restraining order against 62-year-old David Nolte after he sent her over 100 graphically violent and sexual letters (detailing impaling Love Hewitt and blowing her former fiance’s head off) and showed up at her mother’s house with flowers. Nolte also thought Jennifer might move to Australia with him to raise a family and sent her their trip itinerary to Sydney, which showed he’d purchased a ticket under both of their names. [Splash News] — Yikes. This guy might require a straight jacket along with the court order.
- Kirsten Dunst‘s stalker Christopher Smith managed to squeeze through a security gate at her home. He believed he shared a spiritual bond with Dunst, saying, “I felt like I connected with her and she connected with me. Now I don’t know if she did, I guess you have to ask her if she connected.” [Entertainment Tonight] — Judging by the subsequent restraining order, we’re guessing … no?
- Christie Brinkley filed a restraining order against her ex-husband Peter Cook and then, a couple of days later, Cook appeared on TV in an interview with Barbara Walters where he blamed Christie for his cheating and hoped “the world will see that I’m not the scumbag pervert that I’ve been painted to be.” Despite the fact that he had an expensive porn habit and an affair with his 18-year-old office assistant whom he tried to pay off with $300,000. [Fox News]
- Miley Cyrus got a temporary restraining order against Mark McLeod who was arrested for allegedly stalking Cyrus. His bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered not to “harass, threaten, molest, contact or attempt to contact, or in any other manner interfere with Cyrus, any member of her family, her friends, and fellow employees.” [Celebrity Gossip] — Don’t these people have security guards who can take these guys into the alley and “take care of them”? What are they there for otherwise—to keep fans from touching them and to carry them over puddles?