Janet Jackson sued by alleged stalker
Janet Jackson has called Eric Leon Christian a nasty boy, saying he’s harassed her via phone and fax, made disturbing statements to her, and even assaulted her. He says such accusations, culminating in a restraining order against him, have ruined his reputation, and he’s seeking $20 million in damages in a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles, E! Online reports.
Christian is accusing the pop star of defaming his character and causing him mental and emotional distress by filing the 1997 restraining order, which he claims was illegal and unwarranted because it was filed in Los Angeles while he was a legal resident of Maryland.
Jackson has filed several restraining orders against purported stalkers in recent years. In February, one obsessed fan allegedly sneaked into her backstage dressing room and stole some fan mail and stuffed animals (the teen was arrested on burglary charges). Jackson has not commented on the lawsuit.