January 19, 2017

Shania Twain’s stalker changes plea to guilty after hearing Twain’s testimony

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Shania Twain appeared via videolink in a Canadian court on Friday to testify against alleged stalker Giovanni Palumbo. The former Ottawa doctor is accused of peppering Twain with letters, making uninvited visits to her Ontario home, and attending her grandmother’s funeral despite having no connection to the deceased.

Said Twain, “I still have the fear and anxiety of being contacted in the future by Mr. Palumbo. And I do want it to stop. I’m torn emotionally because I have compassion for anybody who’s reaching out in need — fans often do that. I feel very sad…and awkward having to go through these very personal matters with Mr. Palumbo because it’s such an invasion of his privacy.”

Palumbo had pleaded not guilty earlier in the week, but subsequent to Twain’s testimony, his attorney notified the courts that Palumbo would plead guilty. After court had adjourned, Lawyer Gary Barnes said that hearing Twain’s testimony was a catalyst for Palumbo.” He realized: ‘My God, I have upset her,'” said Barnes.

Per Palumbo’s lawyer: “My client (thought): ‘I have made her afraid of me, and it’s reasonable, her fears are reasonable.’…He’s devastated that she’s afraid. He never intended for her to fear at all — the absolute opposite. He loves her.”

No ruling has been made in the case yet, though Palumbo is ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. He may be sentenced during an October 18th court date, depending on the outcome of the evaluation.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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