Stalker fans are an unfortunate side-effect of superstardom. At just 18 years old, pop singer Billie Eilish is already learning that fame can draw out undesirable, and sometimes scary, behavior in fans.
An Encounter with a Scary Stalker
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge recently granted Eilish a permanent restraining order against a fan named Prenell Rousseau who repeatedly visited Eilish's house, ringing the doorbell, attempting to camp out on her property for the night, and rarely wearing a mask or practicing other coronavirus preventative practices.
Eilish had previously sought and received a temporary restraining order against Rosseau, but the Superior Court Judge agreed to make it permanent for the next three years. The order will prevent Rosseau from attempting to contact or coming within 100 yards of Eilish or her parents. Under the order, Rousseau is also barred from assaulting or harassing Billie and her family, or being near her workplaces.
Odd Behavior at Eilish's House
Rosseau, 24, began appearing at Eilish's house last year. Eilish lives with her parents and her father responded the first time Rousseau rang the doorbell. Rosseau asked him through the Ring camera system if Billie Eilish lived there. Her father told Rousseu that he had the wrong house. Undeterred, Rousseau returned later that night, acting erratically. The Eilish family called for security to remove Rousseau and while they waited for security officers to arrive, Rousseau sat on their porch and began reading a book, sometimes talking to himself. Security guards were able to make him leave, only for Rousseau to return later and lay down beside a wall, intending to spend the night.
In all, Rousseau appeared at the Eilish house seven times, five of them without wearing a face mask or gloves, though he repeatedly touched their door and tried to open it using the handle.
Twice, police officers took Rousseau into custody, but were unable to keep him in jail because trespassing is a non-violent offense and police had been instructed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail due to the spread of COVID-19.
Eilish and her attorneys had hoped the judge would issue the protective order for five years, instead of three, but the judge does have the ability to extend or amend the order if necessary.
Getting a Protection of Abuse Order in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, restraining orders are known as Protection from Abuse Orders (PFA). These are civil orders that protect someone from domestic violence by a member of their family or household, an intimate partner, or someone with whom they have a child. These orders are issued by judges to protect victims of abuse and harassment.
In Pennsylvania, domestic violence includes actual or attempted threats of bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual or indecent assault, incest, false imprisonment, and child abuse.
After he or she reviews information you provide, a judge will decide whether to issue a PFA order. Typically, the judge will grant a temporary restraining order, which will protect you until your full hearing. The judge will also set a date for the full hearing, which will happen within 10 days.
If you believe you are in danger and need a temporary restraining order or a PFA order, the Lento Law Firm can help you get the protection you need. Call us today at 888-535-3686.