Spears Seeks Order Against Alleged Stalker

Britney Spears yesterday (Dec. 9) sought to have a restraining order imposed against a 41-year-old Japanese man she claims has been stalking her since September.

Britney Spears yesterday (Dec. 9) sought to have a restraining order imposed against a 41-year-old Japanese man she claims has been stalking her since September. According to a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan, has "tracked and attempted to contact" Spears at her home in L.A., as well as at her second residence and one of her parent's homes, both outside California.

Those attempts have ranged from sending photos of himself along with notes reading, "I'm chasing you," to showing up at Spears' home and refusing to leave when he was ordered off the property, the complaint alleges.

Spears' attorney, Joel Strote, asked to have Shizawa barred from coming within 1,000 feet of the 21-year-old singer and from contacting her in any way.

Judges are typically willing to grant temporary restraining orders on the basis of such allegations, particularly when they involve celebrities. But it was unclear yesterday whether Spears' request had been granted, and Strote could not be reached for comment. A hearing would need to be held to make the injunction permanent.

Spears' publicist had not discussed the situation with Spears, saying "I can't really comment for security reasons."


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