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Mila Kunis's stalker on the loose

Published 01/06/2015

Mila Kunis at a film premiere earlier this year (AP)
Mila Kunis at a film premiere earlier this year (AP)

A man sentenced for stalking actress Mila Kunis has escaped from a mental health facility and is being sought by authorities in Southern California.

Stuart Lynn Dunn disappeared around at 7.30pm local time on Saturday from the Olive Vista Behavioural Health Centre in Pomona, said deputy chief Reaver Bingham of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Dunn climbed out a small window of a bathroom and then scaled a barbed-wire fence.

"He went in to take a shower, and when he didn't come out, they went in to check on him," Mr Bingham said.

Law enforcement authorities are actively searching for him, but he had no known local contacts and there are no leads, Mr Bingham said.

"We're treating him as dangerous," he said. "We never know the state of mind of an individual. He does have a fixation on the original victim, so that's why."

Kunis was personally notified of the escape, he said.

Asked if she was being given protection, Mr Bingham said there is a law enforcement protocol for such situations but he was not at liberty to discuss it. He did not know what private measures she might have taken.

Dunn pleaded no contest to stalking the Black Swan star in January 2013.

He was arrested in February 2012 for breaking into her empty home. Authorities took him into custody again a few months later, after he waited for Kunis outside her gym for three days, in violation of a restraining order.

Dunn was sentenced to six months of rehabilitation and five years of probation and ordered to stay away from the actress and her representatives for 10 years.

Stalking laws have been steadily tightened since Rebecca Schaeffer's murder 25 years ago. The 21-year-old actress-model was shot to death at her Los Angeles apartment in 1989 by obsessed fan Robert Bardo.

Bardo, an Arizona native, wrote Schaeffer letters and tried to meet her at a studio where she worked. He eventually tracked her down after paying a private investigator to obtain her home address from state motor vehicle records.

Bardo remains in prison, serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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