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Judge orders man to stay away from Selena Gomez

Friday, January 06, 2012
Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A civil judge has granted Selena Gomez a three-year restraining order against a man accused of stalking the singer-actress.

Superior Court Judge William D. Stewart granted the stay-away order Friday in Burbank, Calif. The order requires Thomas Brodnicki to stay away from the "Wizards of Waverly Place" star and not attempt to contact her.

Another judge dropped a felony stalking charge against the 46-year-old last year after determining prosecutors hadn't proven he had caused fear in the star. Stewart twice delayed issuing a civil order until Brodnicki had an opportunity to respond.

The judge noted Friday that Gomez had reasonable cause to be afraid of Brodnicki, who threatened to kill the 19-year-old while on a psychiatric hold.

Gomez did not appear at Wednesday's hearing.

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