NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Alec Baldwin’s alleged stalker harassed him with emails and showed up uninvited at his homes in the Hamptons and in the East Village as well as at a movie premiere at Lincoln Center, a prosecutor said Thursday.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the trial for Genevieve Sabourin opened in Manhattan Criminal Court. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Zachary Stendig told the judge that Sabourin relentlessly stalked Baldwin to the point that the “30 Rock” star acquired a court order against her. In the emails, Sabourin, 41, asked Baldwin to marry her and offered to conceive a “mini-Baldwin,” prosecutors said. She also allegedly showed up at the actor’s home in the Hamptons on the day he became engaged to marry his now-wife, Hilaria, and called Baldwin so often that he had to change his phone number.
She was arrested in April 2012, shortly after the engagement.
“There was nothing legitimate about these communications,” Stendig said in an opening statement.
A judge is hearing the case without a jury.
A Canadian bit-part actress, Sabourin is charged with nearly two dozen counts of stalking and harassing the actor and his wife. She faces up to 90 days in jail if convicted.
Sabourin hails from the Montreal suburb of Candiac and has appeared in some Canadian films and TV series. She met the Emmy-winning actor on the set of 2002’s “The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” in which he had a cameo and she worked as a publicist.
Baldwin told police that they had dinner together in 2010 and that their relationship was strictly professional.
Defense lawyer Todd Spodek told the court that Baldwin led the woman on, taking her out for a romantic dinner then to a hotel. Spodek said Sabourin just tried to get answers — not harass Baldwin — after he lost interest.
“It was a communication, both ways,” Sabourin said outside court.
She and Baldwin exchanged emails about matters as personal as her father’s death, and in 2010 he took her for a romantic dinner and accompanied her to a hotel for a sexual tryst, Spodek said.
“You will hear about all of this attention given to Ms. Sabourin throughout this time period, and then, suddenly, the cold shoulder,” Spodek told the judge. Her subsequent conduct was simply “looking for closure,” not a crime, the attorney said.
Baldwin told a detective his contact with Sabourin was strictly professional.
Baldwin’s publicist declined to comment on the case Wednesday.
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