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It's no secret that Sandra Bullock had a rough start to the year. But just when we think things might be be looking up for America's sweetheart, she faces another hurdle: seeking protection from a stalker.
Bullock obtained a temporary restraining order Monday against a man who has been allegedly stalking her since 2003. Unfortunately for the actress, this isn't the first time she has gone to the courts to protect herself against Thomas James Weldon, 41. She originally obtained a restraining order in California against Weldon in 2003, but that order expired in 2009. He voluntarily entered a mental institution in Tennessee, and the actress sued the state in 2006 to require them to notify her of his release.
According to the latest court filing, Weldon was seen at an emergency room in Wyoming last month complaining of anxiety and sleeplessness. He later told hospital staff that he had driven from Tennessee in an attempt to meet Bullock at her home in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
"His preoccupation with Ms. Bullock is obvious," Dr. Jiri Danczik, a psychiatrist, wrote in a sworn declaration, also revealing that Weldon believes he has communicated with Bullock telepathically.
Bullock's attorney, Ed McPherson, who called Weldon an "unmedicated schizophrenic," filed a declaration stating that Weldon has sent the actress numerous e-mails and faxes in recent years.
With a new baby in the house, Bullock, 45, is taking every precaution to keep her family safe from the obsessed fan, naming her 7-month-old, Louis Bardo, as someone who needs protection as well.
A hearing for a three-year order against Weldon was scheduled for Aug. 6.
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