Restraining order extended in Selena Gomez case

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This Nov. 20, 2011 photo shows Selena Gomez during arrivals to the 2011 American Music Awards, held at Nokia L.A. Live in Los Angeles. A judge delayed issuing a three-year restraining order against Thomas Brodnicki, who is accused of stalking Gomez, until at least January.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello,file)
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This Nov. 20, 2011 photo shows Selena Gomez during arrivals to the 2011 American Music Awards, held at …

BURBANK, California (AP) — A judge extended a temporary restraining order Wednesday but refused to issue Selena Gomez a lengthier order against a man accused of stalking the singer-actress.

Superior Court Judge William Stewart said he will not grant a three-year restraining order while Thomas Brodnicki remains on a psychiatric hold unless he has assurances the man had an opportunity to be represented at a hearing.

The temporary order requires Brodnicki, 46, to stay 100 yards (91 meters) from the "Wizards of Waverly Place" star until a Jan. 6 hearing.

Gomez, 19, did not attend the hearing. She wrote in a sworn declaration that she was in extreme fear after learning that Brodnicki had threatened to kill her while he was on a previous psychiatric hold.

Prosecutors accused him of traveling to Los Angeles and stalking the actress between July and October.

Los Angeles Police Detective Jose Viramontes told the judge that Brodnicki is in a hospital on an involuntary psychiatric hold and efforts are under way to place him under a conservatorship. Viramontes said those proceedings, which would place Brodnicki under court supervision and could establish a treatment plan, could take 10 months.

The judge said allowing Brodnicki time to contest the restraining order is a basic due process issue.

Gomez's attorney, Blair Berk, argued that Brodnicki had an opportunity to contest the order and briefly had a public defender in another case who could have handled the issue.

Another judge recently dropped a felony stalking charge against Brodnicki after determining prosecutors hadn't proven he had caused fear for the star.

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