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Zeta-Jones 'Stalker' Denies Charges

By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York

An unemployed woman has denied charges that she stalked and made threats against film star Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Dawnette Knight, 33, pleaded not guilty yesterday to one count of stalking and 24 further charges of making criminal threats.

The plea sets the stage for another possible showdown between the former student and the Swansea-born Oscar winner.

Hours after the last time they came face-to-face, during a pre-trial hearing, Knight took an overdose of barbiturates.

It was only after a psychiatric evaluation that it was decided she was fit to stand trial.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Mintz set a trial date for November 10.

Knight also faces a bail hearing on Monday. She is currently being held in custody.

Her lawyer Richard Herman said: “She’s been in long enough.

“We all know that she’s no threat to anyone.” Knight is accused of sending letters threatening to kill the Intolerable Cruelty star and “feed her to the dogs“.

Zeta Jones has said she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown as a result of the “satanic” threats.

Knight was arrested on June 3 at her home in Beverly Hills. If convicted, she faces up to 19 years in prison.

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