Woman charged with stalking American actor and activist John Cusack
A 45-year-old woman was charged with stalking US actor John Cusack, whom she allegedly pestered with text, Twitter and other messages for the last three years, prosecutors said.
Elizabeth Diane Pahlke pleaded not guilty to stalking Cusack between October 2010 and Tuesday this week, when she was arrested near the star’s home near Malibu, an hour northwest of Los Angeles.
Pahlke allegedly followed the 47-year-old actor — whose credits include “Being John Malkovich”, “High Fidelity”, and “Grosse Pointe Blank” — to a restaurant and approached him, according to Shiara Davila-Morales of the LA County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday.
The woman, who was already subject to a restraining order recently obtained by Cusack, was also charged with one count of attempted burglary on the day she was arrested.
She was ordered to remain in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, pending her next court appearance on September 16.
Pahlke is not Cusack’s first alleged stalker. In 2008 a 34-year-old woman, Emily Leatherman, was sentenced to six months already served and five months’ probation, as well as being ordered to undergo psychiatric counselling.
Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in “High Fidelity”.