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Thu 14 Oct 2004
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1:21am (UK)
Zeta-Jones: Stalker's Bail Stays at One Million Dollars

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A judge in America has refused to reduce the 1 million dollar (£557,000) bail for a woman accused of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Superior Court Judge David Mintz cited Dawnette Knight’s ”threatening conduct” and the severity of her charges in declining a defence request to lower her bail or release her.

Mintz also set a November 15 trial date, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

A call to Knight’s lawyer, Richard Herman, was not immediately returned.

Knight, 33, is charged with one count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats for allegedly sending threatening and violent letters to actor Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones’ husband.

One letter said: “We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs.”

Knight, who was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills home, allegedly apologised in another letter, claiming she had been in love with Douglas. Another judge ruled last month that Knight was mentally fit to stand trial.

A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for October 27, Robison said.

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