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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Baldwin stalker is jailed for six months

Alec Baldwin. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Alec Baldwin. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

A CANADIAN actress found guilty of stalking Alec Baldwin has been sentenced to six months' jail.

Genevieve Sabourin (41), who had already been facing 30 days' prison for repeatedly disrupting her trial in New York, was well-behaved but defiant after the verdict was announced.

"I haven't done anything wrong, I'm innocent," she told Judge Robert Mandelbaum. "You're doing a mistake."

The judge found her guilty of stalking, attempted aggravated harassment, harassment and attempted contempt of court, saying she had no right to pursue contact she knew to be unwanted.

Baldwin had testified during the trial that the actress had turned his life into a horror film after they met on one occasion for dinner.

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The actor said she besieged him with unwanted phone calls and emails and started showing up at his homes and at public events he was attending.

"Your relentless and escalating campaign of threats and in-person appearances in private spaces served at a minimum to harass, annoy and alarm Mr Baldwin, and intentionally so, and terrorised his wife," Judge Mandelbaum said.

Sabourin claimed she had a legitimate, though brief, romance with Mr Baldwin and wanted him to explain why he didn't want to see her.

And defence lawyer Todd Spodek said Baldwin "doesn't have carte blanche to use the criminal justice system to sort out his relationships".

The judge ordered Sabourin to serve the six months after the 30 days she received for contempt.

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