Mel Gibson gets restraining order against stalker
Mel Gibson has taken out a restraining order against a man he says stalked him and demanded that they pray together
16:05 02 October 2004
Mel Gibson, director of the film, "The Passion of the Christ", has taken out a restraining order against a man he says stalked him and demanded that they pray together.
Zack Sinclair, a 34-year old homeless man, sent a number of letters to the Hollywood favourite and visited the star's Malibu home on two occasions, asking to pray with the actor.
Mr Sinclair also visited Mr Gibson's church on September 19th. In court papers, Mr Gibson described how Mr Sinclair "approached me, interrupted my worship, stood extremely close (approximately six inches) from me and demanded that I pray with him."
Following a further visit by Mr Sinclair to Mr Gibson's home, the actor's wife called police, who had him arrested.
Mr Sinclair is currently in jail on $5,000 (2,700) bail awaiting a court hearing on October 6th. According to police, he has been charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanour loitering on private property.
"I continue to be extremely concerned for the safety of my family," Mr Gibson said in a statement.
The controversial film, "The Passion of the Christ", which the actor directed, produced and financed, graphically depicts the last hours of Jesus' life.
Mr Gibson, a conservative Catholic, has previously attracted the attention of the press by talking about his opposition to abortion, birth control and divorce during interviews.