Accused John Cusack Stalker Accepts Plea Deal

By: AP
By: AP
A woman accused of stalking John Cusack accepted a plea deal Friday that will allow her to avoid state prison.

** FILE ** This undated police booking photo released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows Emily Leatherman, Emily Leatherman was moments away from accepting a deal that would have allowed her to escape state prison. But after she indicated she wasn't entering into the deal freely, a judge rejected the bargain and ordered the 33-year-old to stand trial beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Sheriff's Department)

LOS ANGELES - A woman accused of stalking John Cusack accepted a plea deal Friday that will allow her to avoid state prison.

Emily Leatherman pleaded no contest to a felony count of stalking Cusack. A judge immediately sentenced her to five years' probation and mandatory psychiatric counseling. The judge ordered Leatherman to stay away from the 42-year-old actor, his home and business for the next 10 years.

Leatherman, 33, was arrested outside Cusack's home in March.

In a rambling statement Friday morning, Leatherman claimed she was the victim of sex crimes and thought Cusack could help her.

Cusack wasn't present in court, but a prosecutor read a statement from him that stated he had never met Leatherman but hoped she received proper psychiatric help.

Cusack's screen credits include "Being John Malkovich," "High Fidelity" and "Grace Is Gone."


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