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Judge grants Salma Hayek restraining order against 2 women

2015-09-07 09:41

Los Angeles - A judge on Friday ordered two women to stay away from Salma Hayek and not attempt to contact the Oscar-nominated actress for the next three years.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Hayek's request for a restraining order against Liana Philippon and Odette Bodagh, who the actress stated in court filings impersonated her and made a veiled threat to kidnap her daughter.

The order also covers Hayek's husband and 7-year-old daughter.

Bodagh said during Friday's hearing that she thought she had a relationship with Hayek but didn't realise she was scaring the actress until the temporary restraining order was granted. Philippon did not attend the hearing.

"I thought there was a relationship," Bodagh said. "I was under the impression I was talking to Salma."
Bodagh tearfully apologised for scaring Hayek.

"I am so sorry I did it," Bodagh said. She urged the judge to reject entering the order against her, saying it would affect her career.

"You have, even by mistake, become a stalker," Goodson said.

"This case arised out of a bizarre pattern of behaviour by two apparently mentally disturbed individuals," Hayek's court filings stated. "Their actions include, among others, concocting ruses to meet Hayek's family members to obtain Hayek's contact information, impersonating Hayek to another celebrity, attempting to directly contact Hayek herself, and impersonating Hayek in contacting Hayek's minor child.

"In one communication while posing as Hayek, Philippon made a veiled threat regarding kidnapping and ransoming Hayek's minor child," the filing stated.

After the hearing, Bodagh said her marriage ended because of her infatuation with Hayek and she moved to Los Angeles with Philippon, now her ex-girlfriend, because she believed she was communicating with the actress.

Bodagh said she would not attempt to contact Hayek again.

Hayek, who did not attend the hearing, was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in the 2002 film Frida.

Her attorney, Bryan Sullivan, declined to comment after the hearing.

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