Alec Baldwin stalking suspect held in contempt

Alec Baldwin stalking suspect held in contempt

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Alec Baldwin outside a Manhattan court on Nov. 12, 2013. (MyFoxNY.com) Alec Baldwin outside a Manhattan court on Nov. 12, 2013. (MyFoxNY.com)
Genevieve Sabourin speaks to reporters outside of court on Nov. 12, 2013.(MyFoxNY.com) Genevieve Sabourin speaks to reporters outside of court on Nov. 12, 2013.(MyFoxNY.com)

Alec Baldwin's accused stalker, Genevieve Sabourin, has been held in contempt of court because of her outbursts during the trial.

The judge sentenced her to 30 days after Wednesday's ruling, causing Sabourin to sob.

"I would never hurt anyone in my entire life. I don't know what's happening to me," Sabourin said.

Alec Baldwin testified Tuesday, as the star witness against Genevieve Sabourin, a small-time Canadian actress charged with stalking him.

"It was nightmarish," Baldwin said during Tuesday's testimony. Sabourin unleashed a stream of outbursts — "He's lying!" for instance — that prompted a judge to warn that he might remove her from court.

He apparently had had enough during Wednesday's testimony.

Baldwin and the Manhattan district attorney's office say it's a case of an acquaintance with a movie star turning into harassment. Sabourin says it was a romance that fell apart.

Baldwin, 55, said he met Sabourin at a lunch with a mutual friend in 2000 in Montreal, where Baldwin was filming a cameo in the sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash."

Sabourin, 41, hails from the Montreal suburb of Candiac and was working as a publicist for the movie. She also has appeared in some Canadian films and TV series.

Ten years later, the friend asked Baldwin for a favor, the actor testified: Would he give some career advice to Sabourin?

So Baldwin and Sabourin met at a New York restaurant in 2010 for what he characterizes as an hour-long chat about her acting prospects and she calls a romantic dinner that ended in a sexual tryst, which Baldwin adamantly denies.

Baldwin says he communicated with her afterward only to convey suggestions about acting classes, but she quickly shifted to professing her love and pleading for his.

She began leaving as many as 30 voicemail messages a night and sent a raft of emails that grew increasingly ominous in March 2012. One began: "Call the FBI now!" and said she had the address of his Hamptons home, had "easy access inside" his New York apartment building and would insinuate herself into places he worked and yoga classes taught by his then-girlfriend, Hilaria Thomas, now his wife.

Shortly after Baldwin and Thomas got engaged in March 2012, they were sitting in their living room in the Hamptons hamlet of Amagansett, N.Y., when he heard gravel crunch in the driveway. He looked out to see Sabourin getting out of a car, Baldwin testified, his eyes reddening as he recalled the episode. He called police; Sabourin left before they arrived, he said.

The couple felt "extremely, extremely, extremely threatened," he said.

A few days afterward, he said, Sabourin appeared at the Lincoln Center screening — he had security guards escort her out, and Hilaria Baldwin testified that Sabourin ran toward her on the way out the door. Days later, Sabourin appeared outside the couple's Manhattan apartment building and was arrested.

Baldwin said he had repeatedly asked Sabourin to let him alone, and some emails read in court include exhortations to stop. But he also sent some more sympathetic messages, including "happiness is around the corner."

A police detective testified last week that Baldwin described his contacts with Sabourin as strictly professional, but the actor acknowledged Tuesday some communications "were more personal than professional." He said he was "just trying to pacify her" while hoping she'd eventually give up contacting him.

Sabourin's lawyer, Todd Spodek, has said she was just seeking to resolve her feelings toward the actor, not threatening him.

Baldwin's career has included Oscar and Tony nominations and incarnating action hero Jack Ryan in the 1990 film "The Hunt for Red October."

He's also known for an incendiary temper, notably exposed when a voice mail of him berating his now-teenage daughter Ireland Baldwin came to light in 2007. He later said the message horrified him.

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