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Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK


Entertainment

Stay-away order for Judd stalker

Actress Ashley Judd in top movie Double Jeopardy

A man who posed as a police officer to get into Hollywood actress Ashley Judd's home has been released from jail on the condition that he stays away from her.

Judge Jeffrey Bivins told 32-year-old Guy Dukes from Kentucky: "You are to have no contact, you are not to follow, stalk or harass Miss Judd again."

Dukes, who was charged with trespassing and impersonating a police officer, apologised for his actions after he left court, saying: "It won't happen again."

He was ordered to stay at least 100 feet (30 metres) from the star and her home and could be jailed if he violates his probation.

Prosecutor Ron Davis said Judd "wasn't really interested in punishing him, but wanted to make sure he stays away from her."

Judd, 31, called police on 27 September after discovering Dukes in her Tennessee home. He left at her request and did not touch her, police said.

Judd's boyfriend, British racing driver Dario Franchitti, followed Dukes by car into Franklin, where police cornered the suspect and arrested him.

The actress is currently starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the number one US movie, Double Jeopardy - a thriller about a housewife accused of murder.

The film has been at the top spot for two weeks and has brought in an estimated $47.4m.

Double Jeopardy even managed to stay ahead of George Clooney's Gulf War action thriller, Three Kings, on its opening weekend.



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