Man Charged With Stalking Lavigne Parents

A man accused of harassing Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne's parents and violating a court order by trying to contact her has been charged with felony stalking.

A man accused of harassing Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne's parents and violating a court order by trying to contact her has been charged with felony stalking.

Prosecutors in Everett, Wash., say James Speedy's obsession began in 2003, when he started writing the teenage rocker. After finding out where her parents lived, he started writing them.

"He sent his letters by FedEx and complained when they were not answered," deputy prosecutor Janice Albert said in papers filed Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court. "He sent wine, photos, CDs and requests for contact. They never responded."

In a June 2003 letter to Lavigne's family, Speedy acknowledged that his behavior was comparable to a stalker's.

He called another letter a "courtesy notification" that he was in Lavigne's hometown of Ontario, promising not to drive by her parents' house, spy on them or do "anything creepy," Albert said.

In July 2003, Canadian police found Speedy parked in a car near the house, Albert said.

Despite a Canadian anti-harassment order, Speedy contacted Lavigne's agent this past March about a concert the teen rocker was to play in the Seattle area the following month. In one e-mail he said he would like to attend the event and 'knock fists' with" Lavigne, Albert said.

Speedy, who was released on bail after his April 7 arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 17. There was no telephone listing under his name in his hometown of Lynnwood.


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