SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from pop idol Britney Spears, ruling Tuesday he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears."
Spears, 21, first sought a restraining order against Masahiko Shizawa in December 2002, alleging that he "tracked and attempted to contact" her at her home in Los Angeles. He also allegedly sent photos of himself and notes reading, "I'm chasing you."
Shizawa, whose visa expired, has been back in his native Yokohama, Japan, since last December.
Shizawa's lawyer, Simon Robert Hiller, said his client was a law-abiding citizen.
"He was in love," he said.
The injunction calls for Shizawa to stay 300 yards away from Spears for three years.