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Entertainment: Britney Spears FILE - Singer seeks restraining order against alleged stalker
TAPE: EF02/1040 IN_TIME: 21:37:46 DURATION: 1:06 SOURCES: APTN/Broadcasting Corp RESTRICTIONS: music/performance rights must be cleared DATELINE: File, Recent SHOTLIST: APTN US - Recent 1. Various of Britney Spears 2. Britney Spears and ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake Broadcasting Corporation - must courtesy Tokyo, Japan - April 2002 3. Various of Spears performing live BRITNEY CLAIMS SHE'S BEING STALKED Pop singer Britney Spears asked to have a restraining order imposed against a 41-year-old Japanese man she claims has been stalking her since September. According to a petition filed Monday in Superior Court, Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan has "tracked and attempted to contact" Spears at her home in Los Angeles, as well as at her second residence and one of her parents' homes, both outside California. Those attempts have ranged from sending photos of himself along with notes reading, "I'm chasing you", to showing up at Spears' home and refusing to leave when he was ordered off the property, the complaint alleges. Spears' attorney, Joel Strote of Woodland Hills, asked to have Shizawa barred from coming within 1,000 feet (300 metres) of the 21-year-old singer and from contacting her in any way. Judges are typically willing to grant temporary restraining orders on the basis of such allegations, particularly when they involve celebrities. But it was unclear Monday whether Spears' request had been granted, and Strote could not be reached for comment. A hearing would need to be held to make the injunction permanent. Spears' publicist, Lisa Kasteler, said on Monday that she had not discussed the situation with her client.