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Zeta-Jones stalker apologises
(Filed: 30/06/2004)

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

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

Catherine Zeta-Jones is "greatly relieved" that Knight is in police custody

"I want to apologise for any distress I have caused you and your families. 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 also wrote 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. If she is convicted, she faces a maximum of 19 years in jail.

Her lawyer Richard 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.

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

A statement released by Catherine Zeta-Jones' publicist, Cece Yorke, said: "Catherine Zeta-Jones is co-operating 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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