Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Thurman stalker held by police

Jack Jordan was convicted of stalking Uma Thurman (AP)

A former psychiatric patient who was convicted in 2008 of stalking actress Uma Thurman tried to call her again, defying a court order to leave her alone after years of unwanted and advances, officials said.

Jack Jordan was waiting to be taken to New York after he was arrested November 23 in a Washington suburb on charges of violating his restraining order by calling the actress's office, according to police and the Brooklyn district attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case.

Jordan, a former lifeguard and pool cleaner with an English degree from the University of Chicago and a history of mental problems, was sentenced in 2008 to three years' probation and told not to try to contact the Oscar-nominated Pulp Fiction actress for five years.

Montgomery County, Maryland, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said when officers went to serve the arrest warrant, they were led to a room where Jordan was sitting in front of a computer with Thurman's name in a Google search box.

Ms Baur said Jordan was arrested without incident and is awaiting a December 21 extradition hearing.

Jordan was convicted of stalking and harassing the actress from 2005 to 2007.

Thurman told jurors at his trial that she was "completely freaked out" by his behaviour.

He sent bizarre letter and cards - featuring such ominous images as a picture of a bride with her head torn off and such unsettling messages as "my hands should be on your body at all times" - called her family and employees, tried to get into her trailer on a movie set and showed up at her Manhattan home late at night, according to testimony.

Jordan testified that he had developed a crush on Thurman in high school after seeing her in the 1988 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and his feelings intensified after he saw her in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Kill Bill in 2003.

He was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in late 2005 after being questioned about his obsession with Thurman, he said.

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