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Stalker Sues Spears for 'Emotional Distress'

October 27, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

A Japanese businessman ordered to stay away from pop idol Britney Spears has sued the singer, saying her security guards pointed a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress."

A lawsuit filed by Masahiko Shizawa in U.S. District Court on Thursday states the guards confronted him on a public street across from Spears' home on Oct. 23, 2002. The guards ordered Shizawa to leave the area, and one guard pointed a gun at him as he sat in his car, according to the suit.

Shizawa, 43, said that, as a result of the emotional distress he suffered from the incident, he has had trouble sleeping and had to take extended periods of leave from work. He is seeking unspecified damages.

Calls made after hours to lawyers for both sides were not immediately returned.

Earlier this month, a judge deemed Shizawa to be "abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears."

Shizawa was ordered to stay at least 300 yards away from Spears, 21, for three years.

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