They say that celebrities, being celebrities, belong to the public. The moment they’ve entered the limelight of movies, music, and fashion, their lives become open for public scrutiny. Some people feel that they have the “right” to talk and gossip about the celebrities’ lives, take pictures when they see them out in public, and even follow them for a short distance just to see how celebrities act outside their jobs.
However, there are those who become so fixated with celebrities that their curiosity has become a dangerous obsession.
John Lennon and Mark David Chapman
John Lennon is a member of the famous Beatles group. Their band has become not only a household name across the world but also an icon. Their songs have also set a standard in the music industry.
Lennon died in 1980. He was killed by an obsessed stalker named Mark David Chapman. At first, Chapman was very obsessed with Lennon, but his obsession turned to a dangerous obsession of killing the singer. Today, Chapman is spending 20 years of his life in prison.
Uma Thurman and Jack Jordan
Uma Thurman is a famous Hollywood actress. She’s been in a number of popular movies such as Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, and Gattaca.
Her stalker, Jack Jordan, had this insane belief that they belong together. To get near Thurman, he repeatedly visited the celebrity’s home. He even went as far as sending her a lewd note that says he wanted to touch her body. Aside from these, Jordan also sent her a sinister picture containing a bride with her head torn off and a razor blade. His actions prompted Thurman to file a case against him. Jordan was sentenced to three years and was ordered to keep away from the celebrity.
Richard Gere and Ursula Reichert-Habbishaw
Richard Gere starred in numerous top-grossing movies such as Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman, Chicago, The Jackal, and Runaway Bride.
His stalker is a woman named Ursula Reichert-Habbishaw. The woman repeatedly called him and sent him messages through fax and email. Apparently, she wanted to be with Gere. She felt it was her destiny to spend her life with him. Gere thought differently though and filed a case against her.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dawnette Knight
Catherine Zeta-Jones also starred in Chicago. Her famous movies include The Mast of Zorro, Entrapment, Ocean’s Twelve, and The Terminal, among others.
Dawnette Knight, her stalker, believes she belongs with Zeta-Jones’ husband, Michael Douglas. Since he’s married to Zeta-Jones, Knight decided to get rid of her. She began sending her threatening letters that nearly caused the celebrity to suffer from a nervous breakdown. They filed a lawsuit against Knight, which sent her to three years in prison.
Lesson to Be Learned
So, are you feeling obsessed with a celebrity right now? Or are you a paparazzi hounding Hollywood’s It Girl or Golden Boy? If you are, stop. It might get you into a whole lot of legal troubles.
If you find yourself in jail and facing a stalking and harassment complaint, then you need to get a bail bondsman to get out of prison. He will post the bail on your behalf and get you out of jail, but know that you still have to answer for the offenses you’ve committed.
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