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STALKER'S SICK INVITE FOR ZETA'S 'FUNERAL'

Jul 28 2004

Card sent to Kirk Douglas

From Anthony Harwood In New York

 

CATHERINE Zeta Jones was taunted with an invitation to her own funeral by a woman stalker obsessed with the actress's husband Michael Douglas.

Dawnette Knight, 32, sent Michael's frail father, movie legend Kirk Douglas, the chilling mock invite to his daughter-in law's wake.

Written on a card which carried a tiny picture of the star it read: "Home Grown celebration for Catherine Zeta Jones. Obituary - Mrs Catherine Zeta Jones. Goodbye to the solemnized. ASAP - Time. Place - Catholic church, Wales."

The Oscar-winning Welsh star will this week come face to face in court with Knight when she testifies - accompanied by her husband Michael.

Details of Knight's reign of terror - which lasted a year - were revealed in the Los Angeles courtroom yesterday.

Shocking excerpts were read out including the mock funeral invite, several death threats and a false accusation that the actress was carrying George Clooney's child.

Fourteen letters went to 87-year-old Kirk Douglas and wife Anne.

One said: "I hope you know that the baby Catherine is carrying is not Michael's. It's George Clooney's - just wait and see in April."

In one death threat Knight pretended to be the star's ex - shamed TV presenter John Leslie.

That letter read: "You need to let Catherine know if she hurts Michael I will hire someone to kill her - she will be taken care of ASAP." Knight also posed as Leslie's girlfriend Abi Titmuss in a letter put together from newspaper cuttings which read: "We will kill Catherine Zeta Jones soon."

The court heard Knight had tried to get close to Michael Douglas at a golf tournament in Las Vegas.

She passed a note to his bodyguard which said: "Hello Michael. I think you are the most sexy man alive. Call me, I would love to show you a good time."

Knight's fiance Ronald Calvin, 44, told reporters she was now terrified, adding: "She's a fun-loving girl. She just became infatuated with Douglas."

Her lawyer Richard Herman told reporters that Knight needed help.

He said: "She's a normal person who got caught up in celeb star-struck stuff.

"She had a girlie crush on Michael Douglas."

Knight faces 25 charges including stalking and making criminal threats and faces 19 years in jail.

 
 

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