Friday, October 13, 2006

Hilary Duff Seeks Protection

Teen queen Hilary Duff and her boyfriend, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, sought restraining orders Thursday against two men--one who is supposedly obsessed with Duff and the other for allegedly being the one to relay his pal's threats.

Papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court state that Max "Doe," whose age is estimated at 18 or 19, moved to L.A. from Russia about two years ago "for the sole purpose of meeting and becoming romantically involved" with Duff.

Instead of creating his own Cinderella Story, however, the young man allegedly threatened to buy a gun and commit suicide and proposed other drastic measures, as well, to get close to the 19-year-old singer-actress. The court papers state that Max "admitted to being 'obsessed' with her" and "has stated his intention of 'removing his enemies' (i.e., those who prevent him from being with her)."

Putting Madden on the defensive, "[Max] has stated his belief that Hilary is in love with him and that Joel Madden stands in their way," the complaint says.

Max's roommate, 50-year-old David Joseph Klein, was also named in the couple's petition, which states that Klein was the one who passed Max's foreboding messages along to Duff.

"Over the past six weeks, the defendants have engaged in an accelerated effort to make contact with Hilary, including visits to her neighborhood, to her mother's home, to her boyfriend's neighborhood…to Mr. Madden's concert venue, and direct calls to Hilary's manager," the court documents state.

According to the filing, police have had to detain Max during at least one Good Charlotte concert and then questioned Klein, who refers to himself as a celebrity photographer, on that same occasion.

Duff and Madden are also seeking at least 100 yards worth of protection for Duff's sister, Haylie, and mom, Susan, and Madden's twin brother and band mate, Benji.


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