Paris Hilton 'stalker' James Rainford pleads not guilty
James Rainford has pleaded not guilty after being charged with felony stalking and violating a previous restraining order that dictates he must stay away from Paris Hilton.
Rainford, a 36-year-old man who the heiress and reality star has often dubbed her "stalker," was arrested outside Hilton's Malibu home on July 4.
Rainford entered his plea in court on Friday, July 15 after being charged with two counts of felony stalking and three misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. He is being held on $150,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing was set for July 26. If convicted, Rainford faces up to five years in state prison.
Law enforcement officials had detained Ranford after receiving a call about a man on the beach who was said to have been looking into one of Hilton's homes. Paparazzi directed them to Rainford.The caller said he recognized the man from a television news report.
Rainford attacked Hilton's then-boyfriend, Cy Waits near a Los Angeles courthouse in late April and the incident was captured by local news cameramen. Rainford told witnesses that he has "already proposed" to Hilton and that "her dad already said 'Yes.'"
Rainfordspent 24 days in jail after pleading no contest to battery following the incident. His sentence was supposed to last 227 days and was shortened - a common measure in Los Angeles, usually made due to overcrowding.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that Rainford was issued an order to stay away from Hilton and her then-boyfriend in October 2010, after he was arrested on a battery charge involving the two.
Rainford was detained that month on suspicion of trying to contact Hilton at her main residence in the Hollywood Hills and trying to fight off her security guards. In January 2011, Rainford pleaded no contest to civil assault and was given probation.