Like any self-respecting dark and twisted puppy, Colin Farrell's claws are coming out.
The Miami Vice star has secured a restraining order against Dessarae Bradford, the former sex-line operator who unexpectedly bum-rushed the actor on the Tonight Show last month and who previously self-published the dubious tell-all Colin Farrell: A Dark and Twisted Puppy. The injunction bars Bradford from coming within 150 yards of him for three years.
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge John H. Reid issued the order against Bradford early Monday, following months of claims by Farrell the 31-year-old woman was stalking him.
The order, which also prohibits Bradford from coming within 150 yards of Farrell's two-year-old son, James, or the boy's mother, model Kim Bordenave, is good through August 2009.
The newly minted injunction replaces the temporary order issued July 21, a day after Bradford unexpectedly joined him onstage in the middle of his guest spot on the Tonight Show.
Bradford entered NBC's Burbank studios as part of the show's audience, only to walk on stage in the midst of Farrell's bantering with host Jay Leno. She began speaking to the star and was able to leave a copy of her literary opus behind before network security guards led her offstage and told her never to return to the studio.
"My first stalker," Farrell quipped to Leno. But he next morning, he got serious, dispatching his lawyers to request a restraining order.
"I am concerned that her harassing behavior has escalated and may pose an immediate threat to my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my family," his complaint stated.
"Ms. Bradford filed numerous harassing lawsuits against me and left threatening voicemails for my attorney. She also accosted me at The Tonight Show July 20, 2006, throwing books into my lap."
For her part, Bradford defended her behavior, writing on her personal Website that she only breeched security in an attempt to serve the actor with court papers and that, despite all outward appearances, she was "not stalking Colin Farrell."
In any case, Bradford has managed to keep her court docket full of Farrell-related litigation.
In 2004, the she unsuccessfully sued the actor for a paltry $5,000, claiming it was he who was stalking her. Bradford alleged that Farrell had bombarded her with unsolicited emails and texts, which she cited as causing her "mental anguish" and left her feeling "degraded."
The judge tossed the small-claims case after Farrell's lawyer claimed his client had never even met Bradford. So she made the claim a little bigger.
In July 2005, she refiled in federal court, this time buffeting her claims that Farrell was stalking her via phone calls and text messages with the added allegation of slander. She also took the liberty of bumping up her punitive damages to a requested $10 million. She has since been ordered to provide clear evidence as to why the new suit, like her initial one, should not be tossed.