Britney Dropped from Stalker's Lawsuit
A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected claims filed against Britney Spears by the man who is under a legal restraining order to stay away from her, the Associated Press reports.
Masahiko Shizawa, of Yokohama, Japan, had sued Spears and two of her security guards, claiming "extreme emotional distress" during an alleged confrontation with the guards outside her home in October 2002.
Besides Spears's name, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper also removed that of a security guard, Mike Zandi, as defendants in Shizawa's lawsuit. The claims against guard Robert Feggans remain.
In his papers, Shizawa claims that Zandi and Feggans intimidated him outside Spears' home, and that Feggans pointed a gun at him.
Last year, Shizawa was found guilty of stalking Spears – who contends he sent her numerous love letters, e-mails, and photos of himself with notes saying, "I'm chasing you" – and was ordered to stay at least 300 yards from her. Spears claims he pursued her at two of her homes and her parents' house
His lawyer, Simon Hiller, had argued that Shizawa, 43, was a harmless, law-abiding citizen who was "in love" with Spears, 22.
Following the issuance of the restraining order in December 2002, Shizawa, who reportedly remains in Japan and does not attend the hearings about him, filed suit against the pop princess and her bodyguards. He also sued the city of Los Angeles for allegedly taking away his dignity during a search of his hotel room.
There has been no statement from Spears regarding the Friday ruling.