Actress convicted of stalking Alec Baldwin
NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian actress who pined for Alec Baldwin was convicted Thursday of stalking him with yearning emails and phone calls that spiraled into unbidden appearances at his homes.
So voluble during her trial that she was held in contempt of court, Genevieve Sabourin was tearful but largely mum as a judge found her guilty of charges including stalking and harassment and sentenced her to six months in jail. That was on top of a month she's already serving because of her courtroom outbursts.
"I haven't done anything wrong. I'm innocent," she told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum when he invited her to speak. "You're doing a mistake right now."
Sabourin, who hails from the Montreal suburb of Candiac, had turned down a plea offer that would have spared her jail time.
Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, said in a statement afterward that the two "feel safe, relieved and happy to move forward" with the case resolved.
The "30 Rock" actor testified that Sabourin, 41, turned his life into a two-year-long horror film after they had dinner together. He said the evening was only a chat about her career prospects, not the romantic tryst she portrayed.
Actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who is accused of stalking him. He said that after they met she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Baldwin, 55, said he repeatedly implored the actress to stop contacting him before she ultimately was arrested in front of his Manhattan apartment building in 2012, shortly after he and his wife got engaged. The Baldwins met in 2011.
Sabourin testified that the actor took her on a fairy-tale date that ended in bed, sketched out a future together and then sent mixed messages about whether he wanted to hear from and see her again.
"She's not entitled to an explanation for a dream that he sold her?" her lawyer, Todd Spodek, said in a closing argument. "Mr. Baldwin doesn't have carte blanche to use the criminal justice system to sort out his relationships."
But the judge said that however Sabourin and Baldwin got to know each other, she had no right to pursue contact she knew to be unwanted and amounted to a "relentless and escalating campaign of threats and in-person appearances."
Baldwin and Sabourin agree on this much: They first met during a 2000 movie shoot in Montreal and had dinner a decade later in New York. Mutual friend Martin Bregman, producer of movies including "Scarface," had put the two in touch as Sabourin sought career help.