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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Uma Thurman Stalker Convicted

From the New York Times: Jack Jordan, a University of Chicago graduate turned drifter who lived in his car, was found guilty on Tuesday of stalking the actress Uma Thurman, the star of edgy, violent movies like “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction."

He was also found guilty of one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, but was acquitted of two additional counts of second-degree aggravated harassment.

During the jury trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Mr. Jordan testified in his own defense, describing his elaborate visions — which he called the daydreams of an artistic soul — that he was predestined to meet Ms. Thurman and live a happy life with her and her two children.

The trial attracted widespread attention because Ms. Thurman testified, along with her mother, Birgitte, a former Ford model known to friends as Nena, her father, Robert, a professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University, and her brother, Dechen.

Mr. Jordan testified for about five hours with the calm, neutral demeanor of someone at a college or job interview. His father, a nuclear physicist, and brother attended some of the trial, his lawyer said. Mr. Jordan carried an overstuffed hiking backpack to court every day, and was photographed sleeping on a street in Chelsea during the trial.

Mr. Jordan faced one count of stalking Ms. Thurman from 2005 to 2007, with a hiatus of about a year in 2006, and three counts of aggravated harassment by sending her and people around her notes and letters.

Both charges are misdemeanors, and he faces up to 90 days in jail on the stalking charge, with possibly more time for the aggravated harassment. His lawyer said that Mr. Jordan had turned down a prosecution offer to plead guilty to aggravated harassment in return for a sentence of 18 months in inpatient psychiatric treatment, which would be reduced to a violation once completed.

Rest of article. [Brooks Holland]

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