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Zeta-Jones Reads Stalker Death Threats in Court
LOS ANGELES ( - Catherine Zeta-Jones braved a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday (July 28) to face her alleged stalker.

The Oscar-winning actress had trouble maintaining her composure as she gave over three hours of testimony in a preliminary hearing to prove that there was enough evidence for a trial. Dawnette Knight, 32, of Beverly Hills is charged with one count of stalking and 24 counts of criminal threats, which included phone calls and letters that date back to the beginning of 2003. She was held on $1 million bail.

Documents on provide chilling excerpts of the letters Zeta-Jones read on the witness stand.

The numerous graphic threats include references to other high-profile murders. The letters claim that Knight would "slice [Zeta-Jones] up like Meat on a bone and Feed her to the dogs," "chop her away like Manson did" and "slash her throat like OJ did."

Other threats describe the proposed crime as "the biggest murder that's going to occur in Entertainment History!" and conclude that "when we finish with this bitch/whore she will not be this pretty face actress, you won't be able to recognize her in her cassket! [sic]" An additional death threat was written up in the style of an obituary.

The letters were addressed to Zeta-Jones's family members, friends and business associates. The actress had initially avoided reading most of the correspondence so she could focus on her career, but was forced to read the letters aloud in court.

Additional threatening phone calls made to the actress's hotel room in Amsterdam where she was filming "Ocean's 12" caused Zeta-Jones anxiety attacks. While shooting the film, she never knew if her stalker could possibly be part of the crowd.

"I've never in my life had anything or had anyone say anything to me so satanic," she says. "I can't even imagine how a sane human being could have these images locked in their brain."

In a June apology letter, Knight pleaded for forgiveness and said she was just a "confused young woman infatuated with Michael Douglas," Zeta-Jones' husband.

Zeta-Jones, 34, won a best supporting actress Oscar for 2002's "Chicago" and currently stars opposite Tom Hanks in "The Terminal."

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