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In what's already been a trying year for Sandra Bullock, the Oscar winner had to obtain another restraining order against Thomas James Weldon, the man who has been allegedly been stalking the star for years.
On Friday, Bullock, 46, was granted the restraining order, which lasts for three years. In the past, Weldon, 41, had been accused of stalking her and allegedly traveled cross-country to try to meet the actress after being released from a mental hospital, according to The Huffington Post.
The restraining order will also protect Bullock's children, including her adopted son Louis Bardo Bullock, as well as her stepchildren Chandler, Jesse Jr., and Sunny, whom she helped raise with ex-husband Jesse James. (The children still spend time with Bullock in her Texas home.) Weldon must stay at least 100 yards from Bullock and her family at all times.
Bullock (who was recently named Hollywood's highest-paid actress) first placed a restraining order against Weldon in 2003, which expired while he was in a Tennessee mental hospital. According to Bullock's attorney Ed McPherson, "Weldon traveled to Wyoming in an alleged attempt to meet the actress" upon his release.
"It's obvious that this fixation on her has not changed despite seven years in the hospital in Tennessee," McPherson, who appeared at the hearing Friday in Los Angeles on Bullock's behalf stated. Weldon has been committed indefinitely to a state mental hospital in Wyoming.
ABC News reports that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson, who presided over the case, said, "This is clearly a case of a fan going beyond being a fan," adding, "this is the downside of celebrity."
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