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TORONTO (AP) - Canadian country star Shania Twain testified Friday that she has compassion for a man accused of stalking her but remains concerned that he will continue to pursue her.
Giovanni Palumbo has been charged with three counts of failure to comply with a court order and criminal harassment.
“He realized: ‘My God, I have upset her,’” Barnes told reporters after court had adjourned for the day.
The former Ottawa doctor allegedly sent Twain a series of letters, made unwanted visits to her family cottage in Ontario and even attended her grandmother’s funeral before being arrested at a Canadian awards ceremony this year.
But Twain, appearing via video link from an undisclosed location in Europe, didn’t see it that way.
“I’m torn emotionally because I have compassion for anybody who’s reaching out in need _ fans often do that,” she said. “I feel very sad … and awkward having to go through these very personal matters with Mr. Palumbo because it’s such an invasion of his privacy.”
“I still have the fear and anxiety of being contacted in the future by Mr. Palumbo. And I do want it to stop,” she said.
For the second day in a row, the process seemed to become too much for Palumbo, who was clad on Friday in a rumpled black suit and navy slip-on sneakers.
“It is very emotional for everybody,” Palumbo said, addressing the judge. “Please understand I have emotions, very strong emotions.”
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