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Woman Sends Letter Apologizing To Oscar-Winning Actress

Woman Charged With Making Criminal Threats Against 'Chicago' Star

POSTED: 1:41 pm PDT June 29, 2004
UPDATED: 1:59 pm PDT June 29, 2004

A woman charged with making criminal threats against Catherine Zeta-Jones sent the actress a letter apologizing for "any distress" caused and asking for forgiveness, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

In an undated missive to Zeta-Jones and the actress' father-in-law, Kirk Douglas, Dawnette R. Knight describes herself as a "confused young woman infatuated with (Zeta-Jones' husband) Michael Douglas" and said she has "no rational explanation for my actions."

"I want to apologize for any distress I have caused you and your families," the 22-year-old wrote in the one-page, typewritten letter.

It was addressed to Zeta-Jones and her father-in-law in care of Deputy District Attorney Debra Archuleta.

"It would be a wonderful good deed if you would all forgive me so that I can go back to college to finish my studies in child psychology," Knight wrote.

Knight's attorney, Richard P. Herman, gave reporters copies of the letter.

Outside court, he said his client is a young woman who got "confused and thought she was doing something as a prank, and it got taken much too seriously because that's the age we live in."

"There was never, ever any chance that anything would ever happen. As a matter of fact, the worst thing she's ever been accused of was killing her ex-boyfriend's goldfish and she says she's innocent of that," the defense lawyer said. "So, for someone who never killed a goldfish, this has been blown far out of proportion."

Knight remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail pending a July 26 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial on more than two dozen charges, including making criminal threats and stalking.

Knight's attorney said he hopes the matter will be resolved.

"This is just a terrible tragedy for everyone," Herman said. "It's our hope that she receives the counseling that she needs and that we put all this behind us."

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