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Actress Convicted of Stalking, Harassing Alec Baldwin



    A Canadian bit-part actress has been convicted of stalking and harassing Alec Baldwin, and sentenced to 180 days in jail. Andrew Siff has the story. (Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013)

    A Canadian bit-part actress has been convicted of stalking and harassing Alec Baldwin, and sentenced to 180 days in jail.
    The case against 41-year-old Genevieve Sabourin was heard this week without a jury, and a judge rendered the verdict Thursday after closing arguments. She was found guilty of five counts, including stalking Baldwin's wife.

    Sabourin told the judge "I am innocent. You are doing a mistake."
    Baldwin says Sabourin stalked him after he took her to dinner to give her career advice. She says they had a fling that soured, and all she wanted afterward was an explanation.
    The courtroom drama brought the Oscar-nominated Baldwin to the witness stand and sent Sabourin to jail for a series of outbursts where she ranted that court officers molested her and complained that she had been vilified in the press.
    The 180-day sentence she received Thursday will be added to 30 days the judge already gave her for contempt because of the outbursts. Her lawyer said she would serve the time at Rikers Island.
    Baldwin and Sabourin agreed on this much: They met during a 2000 movie shoot in Montreal and had dinner a decade later in New York. The dinner came after mutual friend Martin Bregman, a producer of movies including "Scarface," had Baldwin call her as she sought career help.
    She says the dinner ended in a sexual encounter, which the actor denies.
    He said Sabourin then besieged him with unwanted phone calls and emails. After a March 2012 message said she could infiltrate his apartment building and his now-wife's yoga class, "I knew that she was dangerous," the "30 Rock" star testified.
    Sabourin also allegedly showed up at a film screening he was hosting and at his Hamptons and Manhattan homes. She was arrested outside his apartment building in April 2012.
    Sabourin, however, said the actor invited her to New York in 2010, took her on a dream date that ended in an amorous night filled with promises for the future and then dropped her.
    She said they maintained a fraught email and phone relationship over the next two years. While he did send some friendly emails, he says he also implored her to leave him alone.
    She says the overall message from him was mixed, and she felt entitled to ask what had gone wrong.
    "It's not because he's rich and famous that he can take advantage of women and throw them in the garbage," she said.

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