Sandra Seeks to Halt Alleged Stalker
Sandra Bullock is seeking to extend a three-year-old stay-away order against a man she accuses of stalking her across three states, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.
On June 6, 2003, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon issued a default judgment against Thomas James Weldon, 37, after Weldon failed to appear to refute Bullock’s allegations. Weldon was ordered to remain 200 yards from the actress and not to contact her for three years.
The order will expire on June 5. On May 31, Judge Marion Johnson will consider Bullock’s request for an extension.
“I do not know defendant, I have never met him and I have never communicated with him nor voluntarily accepted any communication from him,” Bullock, 41, said in a court declaration.
She has alleged that Weldon trailed her from Michigan to Texas and California, sending her e-mails and faxes and leaving voice mail messages with her and her family “indicating he wants to have a relationship with her.”
Weldon voluntarily entered the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville just before the 2003 order, and has “admitted a serious psychological disorder (paranoid schizophrenia) for which he has often refused to take medication,” Bullock’s attorney, Edwin F. McPherson, said in a statement included in court papers.
McPherson said the hospital is planning to allow Weldon a 90-day furlough in September, and that he believes Weldon remains fixated on Bullock.