Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
WATCH/LISTEN TO BBC NEWS
Sport
Weather
Newsround
On This Day
Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK
Sleeping pills delay Zeta hearing
Dawnette Knight
Knight denies 25 counts of making criminal threats and stalking
A woman accused of making death threats against actress Catherine Zeta Jones has missed a court hearing after taking sleeping pills in prison.

The Los Angeles Superior Court hearing was postponed after Dawnette Knight was too drowsy to follow proceedings.

"She just wanted a good night's sleep," said defence lawyer Richard Herman.

Ms Knight, 32, has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of making criminal threats and stalking. The hearing aims to determine whether she will face trial.

Hospital check

Ms Knight was found sleeping on the floor of her prison cell before the scheduled Thursday hearing.

When guards were unable to rouse her, she was taken to hospital, checked and returned to prison.

The two sleeping pills had not been prescribed for Ms Knight, and her defence lawyer said she had bought them in prison.

Catherine Zeta Jones
Zeta Jones said she received "satanic" letters from Knight
"She just wanted sleeping pills, and these worked real well," Mr Herman said. "Unfortunately, a little too well."

Judge Patricia Schnegg postponed the hearing until Friday, saying Ms Knight "appears to still feel the effects" of the pills.

Zeta Jones testified against Ms Knight on Wednesday, reading extracts from 19 threatening letters to the court.

"We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs," said one letter quoted by the Oscar-winning star.

"I've never in my life had anything or had anyone say anything to me so satanic," said Zeta Jones, 35.

"This has affected me and it will affect me the rest of my life."



LINKS TO MORE FILM STORIES


 

SEE ALSO:
Zeta 'stalker' is held in custody
17 Jun 04  |  Americas


RELATED BBC LINKS:

TOP FILM STORIES NOW

News alerts | E-mail services | Desktop ticker | Mobiles/PDAs | Headlines for your site


Back to top ^^

News Front Page | World | UK | England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales | Politics
Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health | Education
Have Your Say | Magazine | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
BBC Homepage >> | BBC Sport >> | BBC Weather >> | BBC World Service >>
About BBC News | Help | Feedback | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | About the BBC
banner watch listen bbc sport Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific