Laurence Fishburne didn't take well to being accused of squatting in his own home.
The Matrix star obtained a restraining order last week against a man who, according to Fishburne's court filing, showed up at his house and claimed to be its rightful owner—and then left a handwritten letter in the mailbox ordering Fishburne and his family to "evacuate ASAP."
Per the filing obtained by E! News, Anthony Francis, 52, rang the security intercom at Fishburne's L.A.-area home on New Year's Day at 4:30 p.m. and told Fisburne's wife, Gina Torres, that he owned the house. They called the LAPD's Hollywood Station, where an officer advised them of Francis' identity and that he had a criminal record. (Public records confirm as much.)
Under "relationship to protected person," Fishburne wrote of Francis, "He has stalked my residence."
"We have lived and owned our home for 10 years," Fishburne further wrote in a statement attached to his TRO filing. "Two weeks ago, the Hollywood Police told me they got a similar call from Mr. Francis, about the claim he owns our house." The former CSI star also stated that police informed him Francis had previously faced charges of cyber stalking and making criminal threats and advised him to obtain an order of protection.
The handwritten note purportedly written by Francis and left in their mailbox states: "You are to leave this house immediately. This means all tenants are to evacuate ASAP." He also left an address and phone number.
Francis is currently required to stay at least 100 yards away from Fishburne, Torres and their daughter. A hearing on whether to make the restraining order permanent is scheduled for Jan. 23.
—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum