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Zeta-Jones Zealot Gets Shrink

by Sarah Hall
Aug 10, 2004, 4:20 PM PT

Sure, she's obsessed with Michael Douglas, but that's not the only reason Catherine Zeta-Jones' alleged stalker needs her head examined.

Following Dawnette Knight's jailhouse suicide attempt last month, Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr. on Tuesday appointed a psychiatrist to assess whether she is fit to stand trial on charges of stalking and threatening the Chicago star.

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Dr. Kal Sharma will evaluate Knight in jail and report back to the court by Sept. 15 with a verdict as to whether she is capable of holding her own in court.

Knight, 33, has been charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats. She is being held on $1 million bail.

Knight was arrested June 3 at her apartment in Beverly Hills after a four month police investigation of her actions, which included penning over two dozen missives addressed primarily to Douglas, detailing her plans for Zeta-Jones' demise.

"We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs," stated one choice Knight correspondence, read aloud at a preliminary hearing last month by Zeta-Jones, who was apparently less than thrilled by the prospect of being turned into Alpo.

The supposed reason behind the vendetta against Zeta-Jones: Knight has reportedly claimed to have carried on an affair with Douglas from 2002 to 2004. (Douglas has admitted meeting Knight once in Florida in 2002.)

Knight herself wrote a conciliatory note to the Douglas clan, explaining that she is simply "infatuated with Michael Douglas" and has no "rational explanation" for her behavior. Unsurprisingly, the family was not ready to forgive and forget.

Though Knight's attorney, Richard Herman, insists that his client is "a perfectly normal woman," it's unclear how he defines "normal."

He said that Knight's suicide attempt involved taking an overdose of barbiturates, but that she is feeling better now.

"I think before she was going through a lot and she was upset, she was obviously upset," Herman told Los Angeles' City News Service. "I think she's calmed down now."

Herman initially said Knight got her hands on a couple of sleeping pills and snoozed through a court date last month. He claimed at the time that his client simply "wanted a good night's sleep."

A day later, he told the judge Knight tried to kill herself, and he blamed Douglas and Zeta-Jones for savaging Knight in the press.

Knight has at least two prior arrests on her record--one for allegedly filing a false report of abuse against an ex-boyfriend and one for an apparent assault during a "neighborhood squabble," Herman said. However, he claims she is "not a threat to anyone, never was a threat to anyone and this is just unusual stuff."

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