Date: 24th November 2011

Restraining order extended in Selena Gomez case

A civil judge has extended Selena Gomez's temporary restraining order but refused to issue a lengthier order against a man accused of stalking the singer-actress.

Superior Court Judge William Stewart said he will not grant a three-year restraining order while Thomas Brodnicki remains on a psychiatric hold unless he has assurances the man had an opportunity to be represented at a hearing.

The temporary order requires Brodnicki, 46, to stay 100 yards (91 meters) from the "Wizards of Waverly Place" star until a Jan. 6 hearing.

Gomez, 19, did not attend the hearing. She wrote in a sworn declaration that she was in extreme fear after learning that Brodnicki had threatened to kill her while he was on a previous psychiatric hold.

Prosecutors accused him of traveling to Los Angeles and stalking the actress between July and October.

Selena's attorney Blair Berk argued that the civil order was the only court protection for the star.

Source: Press Release