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Zeta Jones stalker barred for 10 years
Posted on : 2005-02-26| Author : Ryan Jones
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Dawnette Knight accused of stalking and threatening the life of Catherine Zeta Jones - was ordered to stay away from the Hollywood star for 10 years.

She was also sentenced the woman for 90 days of diagnostic testing by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Mintz after she pleaded no contest to three counts of making criminal threats against the Oscar-winning actress.

Knight's no contest plea means she will accept punishment for the charges without specifically admitting them which could result in her being jailed for up to five years when she is sentenced on June 3.

Knight, who had been arrested in her home in June last year, had originally faced 24 counts of making criminal threats, but 21 of these were later dismissed.

In one of her letters sent to Zeta Jones' agent and husband Michael Douglas, Knight had written that she would slice Zeta up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs.

The actress had given testimony last year, that she suffered an anxiety attack from the threats and had to increase her security after learning of the letters. She also said she had suffered an anxiety attack after receiving two aggressive phone calls while filming Ocean's 12 in Amsterdam.

Knight had later apologized to Zeta Jones in another letter, saying she was in love with Douglas.

Knight's pre-trial hearing was adjourned last year after she took an overdose of barbiturates. She has been in custody since her arrest and had been denied bail.
 
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