Judge Orders Off 'Obsessed' Britney Fan
10/08/2003 AT 12:00 PM EDT
A Santa Monica judge on Tuesday approved a restraining order against Japanese businessman Masahiko Shizawa, who Spears said had "tracked and attempted to contact" her at two of her own homes and at her parents' house, the Associated Press reports. He also allegedly sent Spears photos of himself and notes reading, "I'm chasing you."
Shizawa was mentally "off," concluded Superior Court Judge Alan Haber.
The judge's order, which requires Shizawa to stay 300 yards away from Spears for three years, may be more symbolic than practical. Although Spears sought the order in December 2002, Shizawa -- whose visa has expired -- has been back in his native Yokohama, Japan, since that time.
On another front, the AP notes that Spears has received an apology from Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich. The first lady made an "inadvertent" faux pas when she said she'd "shoot" Spears given the chance, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.
On Friday Ehrlich, the wife of Gov. Robert Ehrlich, told an audience at a domestic violence conference that it was important for women to get as much education as possible to avoid becoming dependent on others. "It is incredibly important to get that message to young women. You know, really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would," Ehrlich said.
Spears's label, Jive Records, had fired back in a statement saying that Ehrlich had "shot her own self in the foot by promoting violence."