Janet: Stalked and Stalker?

Janet Jackson wins restraining order against New York man as Ohio woman seeks protection from singer
By Joal Ryan Mar 18, 2005 2:55 AMTags

In California, Janet Jackson, the alleged stalkee, won a restraining order against "one of her fans."

In Ohio, Janet Jackson, the alleged stalker, was named in court papers by a novelist of the "first Internet fatal attraction story of lust, pride, greed, sloth, hate, wrath and envy in its most rarest form."

Just another day on the dockets for the family Jackson.

The California case saw Jackson win a three-year restraining order against Robert Gardner, 39, of New York.

Per the ruling Thursday in Santa Monica, Gardner was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the pop star and her business associates.

The development was perplexing to Gardner who, according to reports, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz he had business and personal matters to discuss with Jackson.

"She apparently does not want to have contact with you," Lefkowitz explained to Gardner.

The explanation was likewise perplexing to Gardner.

"I do not want to be considered a stalker," Gardner said, per Reuters. "I'm one of her fans."

According to court documents filed by Jackson's camp, Gardner has been much more than a fan, bombarding the singer with faxes and letters for nine years.

In 2004, her restraining order request said, Gardner requested Jackson get him a ticket to Saturday Night Live so he could see her host the show. Later, it is alleged, he showed up at the studio armed with assorted sharp, pointy objects--a box cutter, a pair of scissors and a "multi-function knife."

Jackson, 38, was not present for Thursday's ruling. (And, no, she wasn't up in Santa Maria at brother Michael's ongoing child-molestation trial, either.)

Outside the courtroom, City News Service reported, Gardner said he planned to get a lawyer and fight the restraining order.

In Cincinnati, Angela Whitterson is engaged in her own Jackson-related court battle.

On Tuesday, Whitterson filed a request seeking protection from the "tyrant Janet," accusing the singer of "actively harassing and stalking" her, as well as being a "complete nuisance."

According to Whitterson, Jackson has badgered her for nearly six years by "home phone, cell phone, email, laptop computer and PC" in an effort to arrange "trysts and in-person meetings." She accuses Jackson of hacking her personal computer, bugging her telephone, hiring a private investigator to trail her, and orchestrating repeated acts of vandalism on her 1992 Honda Civic and 1992 Honda Accord, among other "tyrannical things."

"You people have NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea what she and this has been putting me through. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea," Whitterson wrote on her Website.

Whitterson is the author of In Control--Like Janet, described as a novel and a true story of a "fatal attraction relationship between megastar Janet and a fan."

A request for emergency civil protection was denied by the court. Another hearing on the matter is scheduled for Mar. 29.

Jackson's reps could not be reached for comment late Thursday.