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Alleged Britney stalker gets permanent restraining order. After reading obsessive letters, judge rules Japanese businessman must stay away from Spears for three years

Oops, he did it again. After Japanese businessman Masahiko Shizawa allegedly sent another round of letters and faxes to Britney Spears, the singer has successfully sought a permanent restraining order against him. Calling Shizawa ''abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears'' and describing his actions as ''an obvious pattern of harassment and emotional harm done to a person of notoriety,'' California Superior Court Judge Alan Haber granted Spears' request for an injunction on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Spears first sought an order against Shizawa last December, after he allegedly tried to break into her Los Angeles home, followed her to residences in Louisiana and Manhattan, and sent her hundreds of photographs and letters, including one reading, ''I'm chasing you.'' Shizawa's lawyer, Simon Robert Hiller, said at the time that the Yokohama native was merely an ''avid fan'' and chalked the whole thing up to a ''cultural misunderstanding.'' Spears dropped her request for his restraint in April, but the letters and faxes allegedly resumed, and Spears was granted a temporary restraining order last month. In the most recent hearings, Spears' lawyer, Steve Cochran, quoted one of the missives as saying, ''I will definitely see you again at any cost, and I hope that your bodyguard doesn't prevent me from catching you this time,'' E! Online reports. Hiller insisted that his client was a law-abiding citizen, saying, ''He was in love.''

Shizawa shouldn't find it too difficult maintaining 300 yards of distance between himself and Spears for three years, as the injunction requires. He returned to Japan last December when his visa expired, and his status as a perceived threat to Spears has led the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to place him on its ''no-fly list,'' effectively preventing him from re-entering the U.S.

Originally posted Oct 08, 2003