Sheryl Crow seeks permanent restraining order against Phillip Gordon Sparks
Sheryl Crow is seeking a permanent restraining order against a man who she says threatened to shoot her.
The suspect, Phillip Gordon Sparks, 45, has not commented about the matter. On July 24, a judge granted Crow, 50, a temporary restraining order against the man and ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from the Grammy-winning singer, her family and her employees. Crow has two sons, ages 5 and 2.
Crow says in court documents that Sparks visited the offices of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in Los Angeles last month and told an employee that he was going to "just shoot" her, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
"This statement was obviously extremely alarming to me as it showed that Mr. Sparks' behavior towards me had escalated dramatically and included a specific threat of physical harm directed at me," Crow wrote.
"His statement also put me in fear for my family, employees and representatives," she added. "I am greatly concerned that Mr. Sparks may physically harm me, my family members, close friends, agents and representatives who are identified in the accompanying request."
A hearing about her request to make the protective order against Sparks permanent is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon near Los Angeles. Crow is not expected to attend. If granted, the order would become active for about three years.
A worker at Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists had said in a letter accompanying the filing that she spoke to Sparks on July 16 and that he had made such a comment to Crow, adding that he had also threatened to shoot famous producer Harvey Weinstein because he believed they were filming him and stole millions from him, the Associated Press said.
Crow also says in her original filing that she believes Sparks is homeless and had posted troubling messages about her on Facebook and on other online forums, saying: "It was clear to me that he was deeply disturbed because his posts were delusional, rambling, filled with profanity and laced with angry rants."
She cited one post in which Sparks had accused her of breaking into his house to search for a gun. She says he also claimed she was supposedly filming him, had tried to have him arrested and had stolen money from him.