A Santa Monica, Calif., judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from Britney Spears, ruling yesterday (Oct. 7) he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears."

A Santa Monica, Calif., judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from Britney Spears, ruling yesterday (Oct. 7) he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears." "It was an obvious pattern of harassment and emotional harm done to a person of notoriety," Superior Court Judge Alan Haber said in issuing the permanent injunction.

Spears, 21, first sought a restraining order against Masahiko Shizawa in December 2002, alleging that he "tracked and attempted to contact" her at her home in Los Angeles, as well as at her second home and one of her parent's homes, which are both outside California. He also allegedly sent photos of himself and notes reading, "I'm chasing you."

Shizawa, whose visa expired, has been back in his native Yokohama, Japan, since last December.

The judge said the evidence showed that Shizawa was mentally "off." Shizawa's lawyer, Simon Robert Hiller, said his client was a law-abiding citizen. "He was in love," he said. The injunction calls for Shizawa to stay 300 yards away from Spears for three years.

In other news, a spokesperson for Maryland's first lady said the governor's wife made "an inadvertent figure of speech" when she spoke at a domestic violence prevention conference of "shooting" Spears.

In remarks taped by WFMD-AM in Frederick, Kendel Ehrlich, wife of Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, addressed an audience Friday at Hood College in Frederick as part of a program called, "Men and Women: Partners in the Fight Against Domestic Violence."

She talked about the need for "educating our women to get as much schooling as possible, to not become dependent on anyone else."

"It is incredibly important to get that message to young women. You know, really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would," Mrs. Ehrlich said, laughing. "I hate to say that, but you know, like I said, I'm raising a boy ... and I think, 'Oh my goodness, what would I do if I had a daughter who is seeing these images and having peer pressure?'"

The Ehrlichs have a 4-year-old son, Drew. "The first lady is a working mother raising a young son. She made an inadvertent figure of speech expressing her concerns about the influence of pop culture on children," Mrs. Ehrlich's spokesperson said.

Jive Records, the New York-based label that represents Spears, responded to Mrs. Ehrlich's remarks with a statement: "Since this unfortunate comment was made at a domestic violence prevention conference, it seems that Mrs. Ehrlich has shot her own self in the foot by promoting violence."

Mrs. Ehrlich also told the conference that girls were "bombarded" by television and magazines that portray an image "that is just not saying to women that what is really needed is your independence, your opportunity, and your ability to make choices for yourself."

Mrs. Ehrlich is a lawyer who has worked both as a public defender and a prosecutor.


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