Jennifer Aniston Granted Restraining Order
It looks like it is going to be a long engagement for actress Jennifer Aniston's stalker. The restraining order against 24 year-old celebrity stalker Jason Peyton has been extended for another three years. Peyton has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the Los Angeles-based Aniston, her home, places of work, vehicles, as well as her employees and agents.
Jason Peyton drove across the country to Los Angeles planning, "to marry Aniston--whom he believed was his girlfriend--and had carved a giant creepy love message about the actress into the side of his car," reports TMZ. The court documents in the case also allege that Peyton had duct tape, a sharp object, and love letters addressed to Aniston in his car, while waiting for the actress in various locations throughout the LA area.
Not suprisingly, Peyton was arrested and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold following the failed proposal. In granting a restraining order, the court is essentially telling Peyton of his physical limitations, and hoping to put an end to stalking by also including the places and people that Aniston is associated with.
Stalking occurs when an individual engages in a clear pattern of conduct in which the person follows, harasses, or threatens another, placing that person in fear for his or her safety. Jason Peyton's actions clearly fall under the definition of a celebrity stalker. The publicity surrounding celebrity fans crossing the line brings light to the troubling issues relating to stalking, both in and out of the public eye. Although lime-light loving celebrities appreciate their fans, Jason Peyton's actions highlight the fine line between admiration and potentially dangerous obsession.
- Jennifer Aniston extends restraining order against alleged stalker for 3 additional years (Examiner)
- California Stalking Laws (FindLaw)
- Accused Celebrity Stalker Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice)
- Sample Restraining Order Law (New Jersey) (provided by John F. Marshall)