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Tuesday, November 9, 1999 Published at 11:49 GMT


Pitt stalker could face jail

Star-struck: Rolando broke into Pitt's home and dressed in his clothes

A young woman convicted of trespassing for breaking into actor Brad Pitt's home could face jail for not going to counselling sessions.

Athena Marie Rolando, 20, has told a Los Angeles judge that she had failed to attend the court-ordered sessions because she could not afford them.

Judge Dale Fischer set a 15 November hearing to determine whether her claims of poverty are legitimate. If he finds she violated her probation, she could go to jail.

Rolando was charged with trespassing in February and avoided jail on the condition she attended counselling sessions and did 120 hours community service as part of a graffiti removal crew.

[ image: Pitt stars alongside Edward Norton in the controversial Fight Club]
Pitt stars alongside Edward Norton in the controversial Fight Club
She was also barred from contacting Pitt, who is currently starring in the dark and violent drama, Fight Club.

Rolando was ordered to stay at least 100 metres from the heart-throb actor and his home.

On 7 January Pitt's housekeeper found Rolando asleep in an upstairs bedroom, wearing the actor's clothing.

She had scaled a fence and entered the star's Los Angeles mansion through a rear window.

During the 10 hours she was in his home, she searched through his personal belongings and put on Pitt's sweatshirt and sweatbottoms, socks, tennis shoes and a baseball cap, according to court documents.

Pitt, who has appeared in films including Seven, Interview With a Vampire and 12 Monkeys, was not at home at the time.

It was reported that he was in Greece, visiting relatives of his girlfriend, Friends star Jennifer Anniston.

This was not the first time Pitt had come across Rolando. The actor said Rolando had left "many menacing and bizarre letters" at the front gate of his home since September 1996.

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