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Friday July 8, 09:19 PM

Prison term for Zeta-Jones stalker

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An unemployed woman who threatened to cut Swansea-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones into pieces was jailed for three years.

Dawnette Knight, 35, stalked and threatened the Hollywood star, claiming she was in love with her husband, Michael Douglas.

She was ordered to pay 115 (200 dollars) to Zeta-Jones, who branded Knight "evil" and said she would be traumatised by her actions for the rest of her life.

In a letter read out to the Los Angeles court, the actress said: "You have profoundly affected me in how I conduct my life ... Your actions will be with me the rest of my life - how I will be constantly observing, looking over my shoulder."

She added: "You will never be famous, you will never be infamous, you are just a criminal."

Knight apologised to Zeta-Jones and begged for forgiveness. "I am sorry," she said. "I think about it all the time."

She initially denied the charges but entered a plea deal in February, admitting one count of stalking and three counts of making criminal threats between October 2, 2003 and May 21, 2004.

She was accused of sending threatening and violent letters to Douglas.

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

Knight apologised in another letter, claiming she had been in love with Douglas.

The Press Association


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