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Canadian actress may face jail in Alec Baldwin 'stalker' case

Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin appears in New York state Supreme Court with her attorney Maurice Sercarz, left, in New York on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Sabourin is accused of stalking actor Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, 54, and Sabourin, 40, met on the set of the 2002 sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," in which he had a cameo and she was a publicist. Baldwin told authorities they had dinner together in the fall of 2010. Sabourin was arrested in April after authorities said she sent the "30 Rock" star a series of emails imploring him to see and to marry her. Baldwin is now married to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.

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A U.S. judge said Thursday he will rule later in the year on whether to dismiss charges that Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin stalked Hollywood star Alec Baldwin.

Lawyers for Sabourin, whom Baldwin accuses of sending love struck emails and coming uninvited to his Manhattan apartment, asked the New York criminal court to toss the case "on constitutional grounds," among others.

Judge Mark White set a September 19 hearing for his ruling on the defence motion.

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Sabourin, a blonde wearing a figure-hugging white dress and high-heeled sandals, agreed to the judge's order that in the meantime she abstain from all attempts to contact Baldwin, whether by "text, telephone or in person."

"You'd expose yourself to jail time, understand?" White warned.

Sabourin, 40, was arrested on April 8 after a complaint by Baldwin, who said she was harassing him with emails, asking him to marry her, and turning up at his Greenwich Village apartment in Manhattan.

She had met the 54-year-old Baldwin, a major presence on US television screens through the successful 30 Rock series, in 2002 on the set of the Eddie Murphy film The Adventures of Pluto Nash.

Sabourin's attorney, Maurice Sercarz, says the stalking claims are based on a misunderstanding and he hinted Thursday that the evidence now in prosecutors' hands demonstrates that contact between the actress and the star was mutual.

There are "a substantial number" of text messages and emails "back and forth," he said, emphasizing the latter.

The attorney said he hoped prosecutors would simply drop charges now that they were able to get what he called a fuller picture of the affair.

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