A man accused of stalking teenage pop star Selena Gomez has asked a judge to grant her a permanent restraining order, stating it’s the only way she can be protected from his advances.
The man, identified as 46-year-old Chicago resident Thomas Brodnicki, was issued a temporary restraining order in October after he told his therapist of plans to attack Gomez. Brodnicki, who has a history of both mental illness and criminal stalking, claimed to have had conversations with God about murdering the 19-year-old Disney starlet, and admitted to traveling to Los Angeles and visiting Gomez’s workplace multiple times.
However, a felony stalking charge was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge in November due to insufficient evidence that Brodnicki would act on his threats. Gomez subsequently applied for a permanent restraining order, which the judge refused to grant until a scheduled January 6 hearing.
The move prompted Brodnicki to file a sworn declaration to the judge essentially begging for the restraining order to be granted.
“I believe that a restraining order should be issued against me to prevent me from trying to contact Selena Gomez,” he wrote in the order, which was obtained by TMZ. “I do not wish to object to the restraining order against me because I know it is the only thing that will make me stay away from Selena.”
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