Stalker sues Britney for ''emotional distress.'' Japanese businessman says Spears' guards threatened him with a gun

By Gary Susman
Updated October 24, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Britney Spears: Scott Gries/Getty Images/NewsCom

Japanese businessman Masahiko Shizawa had been ordered earlier this month to stay away from Britney Spears, but he’s contacted her again, this time with a summons. The 43-year-old software entrepreneur from Yokohama, whom Spears has accused of stalking her and harassing her with letters and faxes, filed a suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court in which he seeks unspecified damages from her from the ”extreme emotional distress” her bodyguards inflicted on him, Reuters reports.

According to Reuters, Shizawa’s suit claims that Spears’ guards brandished a gun at him on a public street and told him to leave the premises. Reuters did not say when and where this alleged incident took place; Shizawa has reportedly been back in Japan since his visa expired last December, and Spears’ legal actions against him have placed him on a federal ”no-fly” list, effectively barring him from the U.S.

On Oct. 7, California Superior Court Judge Alan Haber ruled that Shizawa had, for a year, ”engaged in a pattern of harassment and stalking” and granted Spears’ request for a three-year restraining order. (Shizawa’s lawyer, Simon Robert Hiller, had said earlier in the year that his client was merely an ”avid fan” and blamed the whole mess on a ”cultural misunderstanding.”) No response yet to Shizawa’s suit from the Spears camp.