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Zeta-Jones to face 'stalker' in court
Detective Teresa Garrett told Los Angeles Superior Court that an "obituary style" letter was sent to Kirk Douglas, father of Zeta-Jones's husband Michael
Zeta-Jones to face 'stalker' in court
6.32PM, Tue Jul 27 2004

Catherine Zeta-Jones is due to come face-to-face in court with a woman accused of stalking and threatening to kill her.

The Oscar-winning actress will appear as a witness in the case of Dawnette Knight, an unemployed woman accused of 26 stalking offences against the actress from Swansea.

A court in Los Angeles has already heard that Knight, 32, allegedly made the threats in letters to the Chicago star's father-in-law, film legend Kirk Douglas.

Detective Teresa Garrett told Los Angeles Superior Court that an "obituary style" letter was sent to Kirk Douglas, father of Zeta-Jones's husband Michael.

Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are expected to take the stand as a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to order Knight to stand trial.

Detective Garrett told the court that as the letters grew "more and more threatening", Zeta-Jones became "very upset" and "at a loss for words".

"She was very afraid for herself and her family," the officer said.

Police also said two death threats against Zeta-Jones were phoned to a hotel in Bermuda, where Michael Douglas had a financial interest.

The first call came on March 18 from a woman who said to tell Douglas "we are going to kill his wife, kill that bitch".

Knight has already apologised for sending letters to the Douglases. In a letter sent last month, she said she was a "confused young woman", obsessed with Michael Douglas.

Knight, who was arrested on June 3, is in custody on bail of £600,000.

Her lawyer, Richard Herman, said Knight had a "girlish crush on Michael Douglas" and sent him a note telling him she would show him "a good time". But he was "not convinced my client wrote all the letters".

If convicted, Knight would face a maximum of 19 years in jail.

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

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