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Stalker pulls gun suit on Britney

Los Angeles, Oct. 24 (Reuters): A Japanese businessman who was ordered to stay away from Britney Spears sued the pop star in Los Angeles federal court yesterday, accusing her security guards of brandishing a gun at him and causing “extreme emotional distress.”

Masahiko Shizawa, a 43-year-old software entrepreneur from Yokohama, says Spears’ guards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he leave the area. Shizawa seeks unspecified damages from Spears.

Representatives for Spears could not be reached for comment.

At an October 7 hearing, a state judge ordered Shizawa not to contact the entertainer and to stay at least 300 yards from her for three years. According to testimony from that hearing, Shizawa was placed on the federal “no-fly list” as a potential threat to Spears.

In granting her request for a temporary restraining order, Judge Alan Haber determined that Shizawa “engaged in a pattern of harassment and stalking” Spears for more than a year.

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