Halle Berry gets a temporary restraining order against alleged stalker Richard Franco
Halle Berry has gotten a temporary restraining order against her alleged stalker Richard Franco, who was arrested on Monday night, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
A hearing will be held to decide on whether the actress' restraining order should become permanent. The hearing is scheduled for August 1. Permanent restraining orders run for three years.
Franco has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Berry's home, job or workplaces, vehicle, and her daughter Nahla's school or child care facility. He is also barred from harassing, attacking, threatening and contacting the star directly or by phone or email.
In legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, Berry cites three incidents over the last three days where Franco has harassed her in her home. The actress describes the second incident on July 10 where Franco had gotten into her home.
Berry describes in her filing as being inside her garage, which had been converted into a salon, for ten minutes. "I decided to open up two large doors, which face and [sic] interior yard, in order to get some fresh air in," Berry said. "As I did so, I walked back toward my kitchen door in the yard to grab a Diet Coke from my refrigerator. As I opened my glass kitchen door and closed it behind me, all of a sudden I sensed someone behind me."
She adds she "turned to see the same intruder [Franco] standing less than a foot behind me, starring at me through my glass kitchen door."
Berry says she then called the police but Franco had disappeared before they arrived. Later on Sunday, July 10, Berry says arrangements were made to "have fully armed security officers at my residence and on the grounds 24 hours a day."
Franco, 27, was arrested on charges of stalking around 11:15 p.m. on Monday after neighbors reported a possible burglar outside the actress' home in the Hollywood Hills. In the stament Berry says she was told about the arrest via a walkie-talkie given to her by the police for the matter.
Officials said Franco was identified as the same person who showed up to Berry's backyard on Saturday and Sunday.
"This person has jeopardized not only my own personal safety, but also the safety and well-being of my family," Berry said in the final lines of her filing. "This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me and those I love."