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Brooke Shields stalker sentenced to jail

Published 17/06/2016

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields

The guilty verdict comes after the actress and her family suffered years of harassment.

The man charged with stalking Brooke Shields has been sentenced to two months behind bars.

The Blue Lagoon star reported John Rinaldi to New York police a year ago (15), claiming he had left her strange notes, scared her children, and posted nasty comments about her co-workers on social media.

Rinaldi was subsequently charged with stalking and harassment, and he pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan Supreme Court last month (May16).

On Friday (17Jun16), a judge found Rinaldi guilty of the charges and sentenced him to 60 days in jail. He also ordered Rinaldi to stay away from Shields, her family and her Greenwich Village home. The actress was not present for the hearing.

The verdict comes after Shields's husband Chris Henchy testified against Rinaldi earlier this week (13-14Jun16), and his time on the stand left him emotional and reduced to tears.

"I don’t want my wife walking out the door and having to look left and right for her safety," Henchy said, according to Fox News.

During his testimony, Henchy described various instances in which Rinaldi had displayed stalker tendencies, including an incident in 2013, when Rinaldi attempted to make contact with Shields at their New York townhouse.

Rinaldi allegedly delivered a box of stuffed animals, which he said at the time was for her children, Rowan, 13 and Grier, 10, to their home.

In 2014, he then approached Henchy to discuss the stuffed animal present, with the comedy writer telling Judge Kevin McGrath: "He just seemed agitated, excited, somewhat unhinged, there was a nervous energy about him. He told me he had been at my house, and that he thought he’d spooked my wife."

Henchy told Rinaldi to "keep his distance".

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