Other than being married to each other, what do Nicole and Keith have in common? How about some troublemaking admirers?
A man once ordered to stay away from Nicole Kidman for three years after showing up at her home in 2001 and writing the Oscar winner unrequited love letters has been convicted in a separate case for assaulting a woman with a drinking glass.
Per the San Francisco Chronicle, a San Francisco jury found Matthew Hooker, 46, guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for striking a woman at the City Tavern Bar. The tussle took place on the night of Dec. 14, 2005, when Hooker, after several glasses of wine, approached the unidentified victim and tried to pick her up, whispering in her ear that she was "hot."
The female patron, a local artist, ignored his advances. According to prosecutor Sam Totah, she eventually confronted Hooker when he began approaching other women, telling him he was behaving rudely. Totah said Hooker then shoved the woman and, after she pushed him back, grabbed a glass from the bar and hurled it into the victim's face, cutting her and leaving her with scars on and above her lip.
"He just comes off as creepy, [and] the jury found what he did was wrong," Totah told the Chronicle. "She is a pretty lady, and she has a scar on her face and lip now."
During testimony, Hooker defended his actions, saying he accepted the fact he was rejected and did not mean to cut the woman with the glass.
His attorney, Marshall Schulman, was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Speaking to the Chronicle, Schulman said, "As far as I know he has never been convicted of any crime in his life. It was our position that it was an accident."
Schulman also told the newspaper the Kidman matter was barred from the trial even though the D.A. attempted to introduce that case as evidence. The attorney added that he will seek a new trial because the judge kicked off a potential juror without a hearing.
No word yet on a sentencing date, but Hooker could get up to seven years in state prison.
A long prison term would likely please Kidman, who became the unwanted object of Hooker's affections six years ago. The California man bombarded her with love poems after claiming she flirted with him in person at a bookstore. When she didn't reciprocate, he allegedly threatened Kidman with harm and was arrested after turning up outside her Hollywood residence.
Hooker denied the allegations, saying that he only dropped by the star's house to ask her out to the ballet and take her kids for ice cream.
"All I know is, I've never been violent. I've never been angry; I've never harassed anyone," he said at the time.
A judge ultimately okayed an injunction barring Hooker from coming within 250 yards of Kidman.
A year after the restraining order was issued, Hooker took his beef with Kidman to court. He filed a $200 million defamation suit accusing the Oscar winner—along with numerous Hollywood moguls and reporters from more than 80 newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets worldwide—of libel by calling him a stalker. The case was eventually dismissed. Hooker, who launched a campaign for president in 2004, declared on his Website that he was unfairly dissed by the judge and Kidman.
Meanwhile, a woman who claims to have been Urban's secret lover is facing court time for her own alleged barroom brawl.
Amanda Wyatt, a part-time model who stated last month in a paid interview with a British tabloid that she had a two-year affair with Urban that ended shortly before he married Kidman—a claim the freshly rehabbed country crooner has called "fictitious"—was due in a Nashville criminal court Wednesday on an aggravated assault charge. [Editor's note: The judge allowed the hearing to be pushed back to Feb. 15.]
Wyatt is accused of tangling with another woman in a Nashville bar in March 2005. Per an eyewitness affidavit, Wyatt was said to be the "primary aggressor," knocking the victim to the ground, grabbing her hair and kicking her. Wyatt has acknowledged getting into a scuffle, but denied committing any physical violence.
As first reported by E! Online senior editor Marc Malkin, this isn't Wyatt's first run-in with the law. She pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge in 2003 stemming from another bar fight in which she grabbed a woman's hair, hit her in the face with a bottle and punched and kicked her. Wyatt received one year of probation, but ended up serving time after missing a court date.
Maybe someone should introduce her to Hooker.