Halle Berry granted restraining order against alleged stalker
Actress Halle Berry was granted a three-year civil restraining order against Richard Anthony Franco, a man charged with stalking the Oscar-winning actress, according to The Associated Press.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted the actress the order on Monday without requiring the actress to attend a hearing. Franco is required to stay 100 yards from the actress and her 3-year-old daughter. He remains jailed after being charged with felony stalking and burglary in July.
Berry was granted a temporary restraining order against Franco, 27, on July 11.
In legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, Berry cited three incidents where Franco harassed her at her home. The actress described the second incident on July 10 where Franco had gotten into her home.
Berry described 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 added that she "turned to see the same intruder [Franco] standing less than a foot behind me, starring at me through my glass kitchen door."
Berry said she then called the police but Franco had disappeared before they arrived. Later on Sunday, July 10, Berry said arrangements were made to "have fully armed security officers at my residence and on the grounds 24 hours a day."
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."