Los Angeles - Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones on Wednesday described death threats made against her by a "satanic" stalker who was infatuated with her husband, actor Michael Douglas.Another letter included an invitation to Zeta Jones's funeral. The barrage culminated with three phone threats made against Zeta-Jones while she was filming on location in Amsterdam, as another letter described the interior of a house where the couple had lived.
The Welsh-born beauty was testifying in a pretrial hearing of a stalking case against Dawnette Knight, 32, a student of child psychology, who is accused of 25 counts of stalking and making criminal threats against her over an 18 month period.
"I've never in my life had anything or had anyone say anything to me so satanic," said Zeta Jones in a faltering voice. "I can't even imagine how a sane human being could have these images locked in their brain. This will affect me for the rest of my life."
Zeta Jones read from 19 letters that Knight is alleged to have sent to her, including threats to have her "shredded to pieces" and cut her up "like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs".
"I didn't know where it was coming from. It seemed to be closing in on me and getting closer and closer to home and that in itself was horrific," she told the court.
Earlier Douglas has testified that Zeta Jones had been so scared by death threats against her that she suffered fainting spells, breathing difficulties and came close to a mental breakdown.
"The proximity made us terrified," Douglas said. "There was a knowledge in these letters that was deeply unsettling."
Zeta Jones eventually sought treatment from a doctor and began taking medication to calm herself, Douglas said.
After her arrest, Knight wrote a letter of apology to Zeta Jones, describing herself as "a confused young woman infatuated with Michael Douglas." - Sapa-dpa
- This article was originally published on July 29, 2004