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Wed 30 Jun 2004
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6:32am (UK)
Stalk Charge Woman 'Apologises to Zeta-Jones'

By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York

A woman charged with stalking and threatening to kill Catherine Zeta-Jones sent a letter to the Oscar-winning actress apologising for any “distress” she caused, a court heard today.

Dawnette Knight wrote that she was a “confused young woman”, obsessed with the Chicago star’s Hollywood husband Michael Douglas.

“I want to apologise for any distress I have caused you and your families,” Knight wrote in the undated letter to the Welsh actress.

“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,” the 31-year-old unemployed woman wrote.

She wrote in the letter, released to journalists by her lawyer Richard Herman, that she could offer “no rational explanation for my actions”.

Knight is in custody pending another hearing in Los Angeles on July 26, when it will be determined if there is enough evidence for her to stand trial.

She faces more than two dozen charges, including making criminal threats and stalking.

Mr Herman said Knight had no intention of harming Zeta-Jones, from Swansea, her husband or their two young children.

“The worst thing she has ever been accused of was killing her ex-boyfriend’s goldfish and she says she’s innocent of that,” he told the court.

If she is convicted, Knight faces a maximum of 19 years in jail.

According to court documents Knight allegedly carried out the crimes between January 2003 and May 2004.

The criminal complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Knight was charged with making threats against Zeta-Jones “with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family“.

A statement released by Zeta-Jones’ publicist, Cece Yorke, said: “Catherine Zeta-Jones is cooperating with law enforcement officials regarding this case, and she and her family are greatly relieved that the suspect is in custody.”

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