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Zeta 'stalker' bail plea refused
Dawnette Knight
Dawnette Knight faces up to 19 years in prison if found guilty
A judge has refused to lower the $1m (557,000) bail for a woman accused of stalking and threatening actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge David Mintz rejected a request by Dawnette Knight's lawyers to release her, saying the bail amount was "appropriate".

Ms Knight has denied one charge of stalking and 24 charges of making criminal threats against the actress.

She has been in custody since June and is due to stand trial in November.

'Disappointing' decision

When considering the request, Judge Mintz noted that Ms Knight was accused of threatening the Oscar-winning star "over an extended period of time".

He also noted the potential prison sentence of 19 years she faces if convicted.

Prosecutor Debra Archuleta opposed any bail reduction, citing the "serious nature" of the allegations against 33-year-old Ms Knight.

The couple receive an award for the 2001 film Traffic, in which they both starred
Ms Zeta Jones, married to Michael Douglas, said she was threatened
Her lawyer Richard Herman said the court's refusal to ease her bail conditions was "a disappointment".

"I certainly believe now and have always believed that Dawnette Knight is not a threat to anyone in the past, now or in the future," he said.

In July, Ms Zeta Jones told the court that she received threatening letters and violent telephone calls from Ms Knight over an 18-month period.

The threats "will affect me for the rest of my life," the actress said. "I felt like a ticking time bomb."

But Herman said his client simply had a "girlish crush" on Ms Zeta Jones' husband, the actor Michael Douglas.

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