Crooner Lana Del Rey has made her fortune and amassed millions of fans through her melancholic voice and her tragically romantic storytelling. Particularly with her breakthrough album, 2012's Born To Die, Del Rey struck a chord with legions of disaffected Millennials—but one woman has become obsessed with the singer's glamorous, amorous appeal.
Alleged Stalker Exchanged Texts with Singer's Team
According to gossip site TMZ, singer Lana Del Rey has been awarded a temporary restraining order against a woman she says has been stalking her. Janeen Lee Stratton, who claims that the six-time Grammy nominee was communicating directly with her through dreams and song lyrics, had sent threatening texts to Del Rey's team before driving hundreds of miles to the 36-year-old singer's residence.
After hearing Del Rey's claims that Stratton had trespassed on her property several times, an L.A. County judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Stratton. These orders, as well as permanent restraining orders, prohibit an alleged stalker from contacting the petitioner.
The Basics of Restraining Orders In New Jersey
Temporary restraining orders are issued in emergency situations, when a judge believes that the intended victim is in immediate danger.
Restraining orders prohibit alleged stalkers from continuing the abuse or contacting the plaintiff by any means. There may be additional provisions as well, depending on the relationship between the two parties, and whether there are allegations of domestic violence, including sexual abuse.
Stalked By a Stranger
With a stalking allegation, however, there need not be a pre-existing relationship. In New Jersey, a TRO may be granted when the plaintiff feels threatened by the defendant and fears for their own safety or that of their family members.
Petitioning for a restraining order in cases of domestic violence is relatively easy, particularly if there is a history of abuse between the two parties. It could be more difficult in stalking cases, however, if the plaintiff does not personally know the defendant.
Permanent restraining orders may be issued after the alleged defendant has been convicted on one or more charges of stalking.
Securing Legal Representation
Many restraining orders arise from complex, confusing circumstances. In some cases, they are used as a weapon against the alleged abuser by someone who doesn't understand the potential legal and personal repercussions they are setting in motion. Other times, the defendant isn't aware that their behavior has caused the petitioner to be afraid, and can easily comply with a no-contact order. Either way, a qualified defense attorney is an invaluable ally to anyone facing allegations of stalking or abuse.
Have you been served with a restraining order? You need a solid defense to clear your name. Joseph D. Lento and his team of experienced attorneys would be happy to answer any questions you may have, hear about your case, and discuss your options. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 to get started.
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