Jennifer Garner is seeking to make a temporary restraining order issued against a man she believes is stalking her made permanent over fears for the safety of herself and her family.
According to papers filed by the actress in Los Angeles Superior Court, and obtained by Access Hollywood, Garner claims Steven R. Burky, 36, has been “stalking and harassing” her and allegedly turned up at her home multiple times, claiming God sent him visions related to her death.
In her declaration, Garner claims that Burky first surfaced in 2002, and “engaged in obsessive and harassing behavior.” The actress claims he sent her “multiple packages and letters containing delusional and paranoid thoughts,” and followed her “around the country, through multiple different states.”
She claimed that he “resurfaced” within the last year and “his obsessive and harassing behavior has escalated to the point of becoming dangerous and threatening.”
“He has now shown up at my private residence and has repeatedly expressed his belief that God has sent him a vision of me being ‘persecuted’ in some manner that might result in my death,” her statement continued.
Garner said she fears “not only for my personal safety, but also for the safety and well being of those that I love and care about most, including my husband and my daughter.
“Also, I am currently pregnant and fear for the safety of my second child once born. I have suffered, and continue to suffer, substantial emotional distress as a result of Mr. Burky’s behavior.”
On Nov. 7, a judge issued the temporary restraining order, requiring the 6-foot-1, 145-pound man to stay at least 100 yards away from the star and not contact Garner, her husband, Ben Affleck, or her daughter Violet Affleck.
In issuing the restraining order, the judge deemed there was a “credible threat of violence.”
In the request for the permanent restraining order, Dennis Bridwell of Galabad Protective Services, who was hired by Garner, claims the man’s behavior toward the star has “escalated to such a degree,” that he believes, “Mr. Burky poses and immediate threat to Ms. Garner’s and Mr. Affleck’s personal and bodily security.”
Bridewell claimed his concerns for Garner and her family’s safety increased when he read Burky’s alleged online blogs, in which the man claimed he was involved in satanic rituals as a child, and allegedly “envisioned himself a participant in the murder of a young, Christian woman.”
In fact, in an online blog, which Burky allegedly placed on the Internet, he claims to have been sexually abused as a child and to have uncovered repressed childhood memories of being involved in satanic rituals as a youth.
“For the next 5 years, from 2000 until 2005, I continued to unrepress more and more abuse memories, many extremely evil and unhappy,” Burky allegedly wrote in an online journal in 2006. “Some memories indicate I allowed demons to come into me when I was about 2 years old, locked in a basement being punished.”
Bridewell said in his court declaration that in Burky’s recent letters to Garner, he “repeatedly referred to Ms. Garner as a ‘good Christian’ and described a vision of her being ‘persecuted.’”
A judge is expected to rule on the request in court on Thursday.
Access Hollywood was not immediately able to locate a contact for Burky.