Thursday, July 20, 2006

Back Off, Bee-yotch!


Woman ordered to stay away from actor Cusack denies stalking him

The 40-year-old actor won a temporary restraining order Tuesday against Emily Leatherman, claiming that she has been stalking him for more than 18 months.

In court papers, he said she has thrown "long letters of interest over my fence in bags with rocks and screwdrivers inside," made unannounced visits to offices of people he works with, and listed his address as her own during a recent arrest. She "threatens to commit acts of violence against herself if I do not help her," the papers stated.

On Wednesday, the 31-year-old told The Associated Press by phone: "I've never written any of that."

Leatherman, who has been staying with friends in Los Angeles, said she sent Cusack two letters. She said they were to request that he use his celebrity status to urge police to investigate her belief that she was drugged and raped by several men in 2001. She said police have refused to take a report.

"I feel I've been set up to look like a stalker," said Leatherman, who must stay at least 150 metres from Cusack, his home, workplace, car and any company or office where he does business.

Cusack's publicist wouldn't comment further.

Throw the book at her!! Nobody messes with my Johnny.

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