Douglas Stalker Sleeping Pill Incident
July 29, 2004
A surprising revelation was
made in court today as the judge in the Douglas/Zeta-Jones
stalking case learned that the accused, Dawnette Knight, had
to be taken to the hospital after ingesting two sleeping pills.
When she showed up at court
Thursday, Knight seemed groggy and the judge determined she
was still suffering the effects of pills she somehow obtained
in jail. Richard Herman, Knight's attorney, believes his client
got the pills from a jailhouse drug dealer. "She just
wanted to get a good night’s sleep," Herman insisted.
"She just wanted sleeping pills."
Herman says Knight was found unconscious on the floor and
when guards couldn't wake her, she was taken to the LA County
The incident came just hours after Dawnette faced Michael
Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in court. They both took
the stand Wednesday in a hearing to see if Knight should stand
trial for allegedly stalking and threatening Zeta-Jones, related
to Knight's apparent infatuation with Michael Douglas.
Although Herman insists it was not a suicide attempt, Knight’s
fiancé, Ronald Calvin, is deeply worried about Dawnette. "I
know she was shaken up yesterday, because we didn’t honestly
expect Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas to take the
time to show up and keep this circus going," Calvin told
us. "But this could be the start of something tragic.
She's never been incarcerated; she's never been incarcerated
for two months. She's a high maintenance woman."
Calvin told us that his fiancée talked to him about her close
encounters with her idol at a party in South Florida, a Kirk
Douglas book signing in Toronto and the Michael Douglas charity
golf tournament in Vegas. But Calvin said he didn't think
much of it: "She’s a fan; fans have the right to get
a glimpse of their idols."
As for the last trip to Vegas, Calvin told us, "I paid
for it, I paid for everything."
But Calvin, who admits he was shocked after hearing the allegations,
remains determined to stand by Dawnette. "She just needs
to think about the beautiful children she's going to give
me," he said.
In further developments, "CJ" has exclusive obtained
a restraining order issued by a judge in June, which says
Dawnette Knight must remain at least 500 feet away from Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne,
for the next ten years.
Knight is scheduled to appear before the judge on Friday.