In a real-life role Uma Thurman was reluctant to play, the actress took the witness stand in Manhattan State Supreme Court midday on Thursday in the trial of her accused stalker.
Thurman, not wearing makeup and at times her hands shaking, recounted her reaction when the accused delivered a card bearing a picture of an open grave and a man standing on the edge of a razor blade: “I was completely freaked out. It was like a nightmare. It was scary,” she said, Reuters reports.
Thurman said she received the card from defendant Jack Jordan in November 2005, while shooting a movie near her downtown New York City home. She also said it contained the written message, “My hands should be on your body at all times.”
The actress, 38, said Jordan approached her trailer on the set and requested to see her – only to be halted by her assistant, who promised to deliver Jordan’s card to her.
She also said that when she called her family in upstate New York to alert them about what she had received, Thurman’s father responded by informing her that he too had gotten e-mail messages from Jordan, and that Jordan had also communicated with the actress’s mother and brother.
“I felt a stone drop in my stomach,” said the actress. “The idea that this had a history made it even more terrifying.”
In the courtroom Thursday, for what was the third day of his trial, Jordan reportedly sat staring straight ahead or casting his eyes down during Thurman’s testimony. She did not look at him.
Jordan, 37, stands accused of trailing and attempting to contact Thurman from early 2005 until late last year. Charges against him include stalking and aggravated harassment, for which he could face up to one year in jail, if convicted.
In all, Jordan has been indicted on five counts: attempting to commit crime of coercion in the first degree; stalking in the fourth degree; and aggravated harassment in the second degree.