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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Luke Walton Stalked by Woman

When the subject of "stalking" comes up, normally it's in the context of a male stalking a female. But with celebrities, it often seems to be the other way around, with the male being stalked by a female--David Letterman being stalked by Margaret Mary Ray and Richard Gere being stalked by Ursula Reichert-Habbishaw being two prime examples.

We can now add to that list a lesser-known celebrity, but one we're familiar with in the sports world: Los Angeles Lakers reserve forward Luke Walton (who of course is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton). Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register wrote a piece today on the tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and life disruption Walton has experienced over the last year because a 34-year-old woman named Stacy Beshear has stalked him. Here is an excerpt from what Walton has had to deal with:
According to Walton, she sat in her car outside his house too many times to count – sometimes staying there when he left the house during the day, sometimes staying there when he went to sleep at night. She marked up his car with a Sharpie one time when he was too busy to sign an autograph.

She morphed into a race-car driver anytime Walton tried to elude her. She eyed him from the bleachers as he ran his basketball camp – sitting there for four consecutive days, seven hours per day. She even dared to approach his girlfriend.

Then a week and a half ago, she contorted her face in anger, stuck her arm out her car window, curled her hand to make it look like a gun and shot make-believe bullets at him.

Thankfully, police arrested Beshear on stalking charges, and a court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting her from going near Walton. On November 6th she'll appear before a court on those charges and if convicted, the restraining order against her will be extended indefintely. We'll see what happens. For the rest of the story, which is a fascinating read, click here.


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