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."
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)
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.
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.