Page 1 of 1

Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:58 pm
by WNfan
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=638&e=1&u=/nm/20031024/en_nm/people_britney_dc

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Japanese businessman who was ordered to stay away from Britney Spears sued the pop star in Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, accusing her security guards of brandishing a gun at him and causing "extreme emotional distress."

Masahiko Shizawa, a 43-year-old software entrepreneur from Yokohama, says Spears' guards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he leave the area.

Shizawa seeks unspecified damages from Spears.

Representatives for Spears could not be reached for comment.

At an Oct. 7 hearing, a state judge ordered Shizawa not to contact the entertainer and to stay at least 300 yards from her for three years. According to testimony from that hearing, Shizawa was placed on the federal "no-fly list" as a potential threat to Spears.

In granting her request for a temporary restraining order, Judge Alan Haber determined that Shizawa "engaged in a pattern of harassment and stalking" Spears for more than a year.




While I certainly do not condone stalking, this story raises some questions:

1) Was Shizawa placed on the no-fly list because Spears flies around the country frequently, and they could have a chance encounter aboard an aircraft? I'm guessing yes. If so, is this common in stalker cases?

2) Would Shizawa have been added to the federal no-fly list prior to September 2001? Was there a federal no-fly list prior to enactment of the Patriot Act?

3) Is it right to place "ordinary" stalkers like Shizawa on a no-fly list? If the no-fly list is designed to prevent future terrorist attacks, should it be used in this case? There are many examples of the Patriot Act being used by law enforcement officials for non-terrorism-related activities, and this seems to be one of them.

Thoughts?

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:19 am
by WNfan
Hmm, over eight hours since I created this topic and not one response. I thought it was a good esoteric subject for discussion.

Maybe I should have made the title of the thread "Airbus is better than Boeing".

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:21 am
by RickB
WNFan,

Nah - today you should of just called it 'Britney Spears stalks Concorde' - hundreds of posts that way  Wink/being sarcastic

RickB

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:29 am
by AM
WNfan, I agree with you, this topic may have been popular on a normal day... but it's all about Concorde now.

Anyway, there's better news about Britney Spears, like this one:

http://www.esquire.com

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:48 am
by Richard28
I'll add my two cents - as it does raise important questions.

1) if you can ban one type of criminal from flying, then what are the reasons for not banning other criminals eg arsonists, rapists, murderers, pick pocketers - where does it end?

2) I'm English, so don't know much about this, but does this not evade a constitutional right to freedom of movement in the US? (I'm sure the European court of human rights would take issue with this).

3) what are the chances of him & britney being on the same flight? would not an exclusion order be more applicable, with him having to declare this order to the airline before he flies, so they can decide whether to accept him or not (or later block his reservation) if Britney should happen to be on the same flight?

It does seem a bit like "big brother" to me (in the Orwellian sense).

Rich.

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:54 am
by Okie
I bought my daugher a Bratney Spears doll but they did not have any Double "D" batteries.

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:21 am
by bobrayner
Seems strange. Are there any other details that the nexs article might have glossed over, that would justify this?

Why not ban him from all music stores, just in case she's doing a signing, &c?