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Former Disney princess Ashley Tisdale might have a stalker super-fan.
An obsessed male fan sent more than 18,000 tweets to the actress -- and then allegedly showed up at her Los Angeles home, TMZ reports. The tweets are less endearing and more delusional, writing about an ongoing relationship as BFFs and beyond.
The tweets are creepy, but is the guy a "stalker," legally speaking?
At its legal core, stalking is a pattern of harassing conduct that places an individual in reasonable fear of harm. California's stalking law is limited to threats to harm the victim or her family.
The key to stalking is a pattern of harassment. A "real" stalker harasses or threatens his victim repeatedly. Since Tisdale and the Creepy Super-Fan never met face-to-face, the harassment doesn't fit the bill of traditional stalking.
However, California does have laws against cyberstalking -- and celebrities make use of them. It outlaws traditional stalking behavior that is carried out over the Internet.
The Creepy Super-Fan barraged Tisdale with 18,888 tweets, dating back to November 2012, reports TMZ. A choice selection of unsettling tweets include:
Multiply those by 18,888 and add an in-person visit to Tisdale's house, and you get a potential stalking case -- if the fan's superfluous tweeting somehow made Tisdale feel unsafe.
Fortunately, as a potential stalking victim, Tisdale has a variety of legal options. A popular option is filing a police report. Tisdale's camp has already reported the matter to the police. If prosecutors pursue the stalker, then Creepy Super-Fan will likely be hauled into court on criminal charges.
In all likelihood, Tisdale will keep in step with other celebrities and focus on getting a restraining order. Since this case is more about a potential threat, a buffer zone is usually an ideal solution for high-profile victims.
Maybe Creepy Super-Fan just needs to learn how to love Ashley Tisdale.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.