Gymnast Dominique Vs. Dad

A month after winning legal independence from her parents, Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu obtained a protective order against her father in Houston on Monday, accusing him of stalking her and threatening to harm her friends. “I am terrified of my father,” the gold medalist, 17, said in a court affidavit. “I believe that all of my father’s actions are intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury or assault to me or my friends.” The protective order bars Dumitru Moceanu from communicating with his daughter except through her attorney, Ellen Yarrell. A violation could lead to his arrest.

  • In the affidavit, Moceanu said Houston police told her several weeks ago that her father was being investigated for attempting to hire someone to kill her coach and a male friend. “She’s very scared. He’s kind of gone off the deep end,” Yarrell said, adding that Moceanu has gone into hiding because of the alleged stalking.

  • — STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN

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