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Berry letter-writer gets restraining order

Man allegedly sent threatening mail to actress
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge issued a three-year restraining order against a man who allegedly sent threatening letters to Halle Berry’s home.

Superior Court Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz ruled that Robert Sawyer of San Pablo, about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, was to stay 100 yards away from Berry and to keep the same distance from her home, work and vehicle.

The order, which expires in 2008, also prohibits him from contacting the actress by phone, mail or e-mail.

Berry wasn’t in court Monday when the judge made her decision. Berry’s lawyer, Blair Berk, refused to comment.

Court records filed on Berry’s behalf earlier this month claim Sawyer’s letters talk about “delusions he has about a purported romantic relationship (with the actress).”

Sawyer was contacted by Berry’s personal security in November advising him not to reach the actress anymore. But Sawyer sent more letters to Berry, including one that said he would visit her on Valentine’s Day “to fulfill his delusions of a romantic relationship.”

In June, Greg Broussard of Baldwin, La., was ordered to stay away from the actress. Berry alleged that Broussard had imagined the two were engaged and that her manager and publicist were hindering their relationship.