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Terrified Halle tells of moment she saw violent stalker at door

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has obtained a restraining order against a man who intruded on her Los Angeles home three times in recent days, before police arrested him.

A court issued a temporary order directing Richard A. Franco (27) to stay 100 yards from Berry and her young daughter.

Franco, who has a history of violence, theft and drug offences, was found to have a book with "nonsensical ramblings" and Berry's name in his handwriting, the actress said in court papers.

Franco first approached Berry's home on Saturday, when she was talking to her manager and saw through a glass door that Franco was in the gated back yard.



Panicking

Berry's manager shouted at Franco and he left, she stated.

The actress further said that on Sunday, she went to her kitchen and noticed Franco was on the other side of a glass door, less than a foot away.

"Panicking and in fear of my life, I turned my body and quickly hit the deadbolt lock on the glass door," Berry said in court papers.

She said she ran upstairs to call police. That evening, arrangements were made to have armed security officers at Berry's home, and as a result on Monday, Franco was caught when he returned.

"This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love," Berry said in her court papers.

Franco was booked on suspicion of stalking. He remained jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail. A hearing on whether to extend the order for three years was set for August 1.

Berry (44) won an Oscar for her role in the 2001 drama Monster's Ball. She also starred in the movies X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and in 2008 she was named Esquire Magazine's "sexiest woman alive".

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