Alyson Hannigan Secures Restraining Order Over Alleged Online Death Threats

How I Met Your Mother star alleges New Hampshire man had threatened in online postings to kill her and husband Alexis Denisof

By Natalie Finn Feb 14, 2013 4:07 AMTags
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Alyson Hannigan is putting family first.

The How I Met Your Mother star has obtained a temporary restraining order against a New Hampshire man whom she alleges has repeatedly threatened—in postings to Facebook and fan site—to kill her and husband Alexis Denisof.

According to court documents filed today and obtained by E! News, Hannigan states that 43-year-old John Hobbs is "mentally unstable," has possessed a pistol permit since 2000 and was recently discharged from a mental hospital.

Per a judge's order, Hobbs must stay at least 100 yards away from Hannigan, Denisof and their two daughters, as well as refrain from posting anything about them online.

"With that said, in 2013 I still can marry you tomorrow. I can kill you tomorrow too. Cause I simply like and love you as you live life. Aly...It doesn't end. Even after death," read a Jan. 3 Facebook post attributed to Hobbs and included in the court filing.

"Aly, many years ago I said we were 'Soulmates' Well, the only way you are going to see that now is by talking in person," read another post dated Jan. 14. And, on Jan. 15, he allegedly wrote, "Going to the casinos and a trip to Ca this year," and "So Alexis, I guess this means you better watch your wife, a little bit more than normal."

Hannigan states in her filing that, due to his online activity, Nashua, N.H., police went to his home, where Hobbs "fully acknowledged his interest in Alyson Hannigan" and agreed to visit a mental-health clinic, after which he still insisted that he was going to California to visit the actress.

A report from the Nashua Police Department backs up Hannigan's version of events. A hearing is scheduled for March 6 on whether to make the restraining order permanent.