Photo: The Canadian PressFILE – In this Feb. File photo 9, 2020, singer Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. A judge extended Eilish’s protection order against a man who repeatedly appeared at Los Angeles sound at home for three years. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)
A judge extended the protection order made by Billie Eilish against a man who appeared several times at Los Angeles audio at home for three years.
In a hearing, a Superior Court judge Dianna Gould-Saltman agreed to the extension of May 11, to warn 24 year old Prenell Rousseau, of Farmingville, New York from trying to contact or come to unless 100 yards (91 meters) from the 18-year-old pop star or her parents.
Eilish, his lawyer and parents phoned the hearing, held in a room that was empty except for an Associated Press reporter and court staff due to the tightening of coronavirus restrictions. Everyone, including the judge, wore masks.
The order also prohibited Rousseau from assaulting or harassing the family, or from coming to Eilish’s place of work.
Neither Rousseau nor a lawyer for him appeared at the hearing. Messages left possible with parents seeking feedback from him were not immediately returned.
Eilish listened on the phone, but did not speak. Both parents replied yes when the judge asked them if they would like to be included in the order.
Eilish says in court documents that Rousseau showed “erratic behavior” as it appeared at the house that she shared with her parents seven out of 4 and 5 times until he was finally arrested for intrusion.
His lawyer, Mark D. Passin asked the judge for a five-year protection order, but Gould-Saltman settled on three years after the hearing that Rousseau had made no attempt to contact Eilish or his family outside of these two days.
The judge said she was not trying to minimize the threat, and stressed that the order can be varied and extended if necessary.
In his first appearance at home, Rousseau rang the doorbell and asked the father’s Eilish through the surveillance camera, if she lived there, and persisted after he said he had the wrong house.
The family called their private security service when he returned later that evening.
“While we waited for safety, Mr. Rousseau stayed on our porch, sat down and started reading a book, while continuing to engage in a monologue periodical,” Eilish said in the documents of the courtyard. “My father repeatedly asked him to leave, but he refused.”
Documents say Eilish and his family were scared of Rousseau, in part because he failed to wear a mask in five of his home appearances, and repeatedly touched the doorbell and door handle without gloves.