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Tyra Banks Stalker Convicted

Tyra Banks Stalker Convicted
Banks (left) and Green
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04/30/2009 01:15PM

Supermodel Tyra Banks's alleged stalker Brady Green was convicted of stalking, harassment, criminal trespass and attempted aggravated harassment Thursday morning at Manhattan's criminal court.

"The behavior was hounding," Judge James Burke said, according to the New York Daily News. The judge had listened to closing arguments Thursday morning before deciding the verdict.

Though the crime carried a possible 90-day jail sentence, Burke did not sentence the defendant to any jail time, instead instructing his lawyer, Jeffrey Berman: "Put Mr. Green in a location where he can thrive. And that location is not likely to be the city of New York." The 38-year-old defendant is a native of Dublin, Ga.

The sentence comes just one day after Banks took the stand, telling prosecutors, "I fear my safety. I feel extremely vulnerable. I fear the safety of my staff. My family. The people in my vicinity."

An employee of the Tyra Banks Show also testified that the defendant had threatened to harm the producer after a telephone conversation. "He said, 'I'm going to come down there and kill you. I'm going to find you and slit your throat!' " employee Daniel Verdugo said.

Describing a harrowing instance last March, Banks recalled, "I was at work one day about to leave and a bunch of people on my staff said, 'No! You can't go. [Green] got past security and you need to be here.' Never in my career had staff reacted like this. I had to stay in my dressing room for a while."

Since then, "My life has changed significantly, even the people who know me," she testified. "I can't jog outside anymore. I would go with a trainer or alone but with security present," she said, adding, "The show made significant changes. They hired security. Plain clothes too. Budget is everything but they understood that was necessary. The extra [expenditures] were made."

Defense attorney Jeffrey Berman told the New York Daily News, "I'm disappointed with the verdict, but I'm glad the judge did not send him to jail."

A rep for Banks declined to comment at this time.

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