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A look at some of the stars who have been stalked

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    FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Selena Gomez arrives at the 22nd Annual Alliance for Children's Rights Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gomez was at her newly-purchased home in Calabasas, Calif., in late March 2014 when she had to call authorities because a man had broken into her guest house. Che Cruz admitted he trespassed at Gomez’s home in an initial court appearance and was sentenced to jail time and to stay away from the singer-actress’ home, but within hours of his release he returned to the property. He was charged with felony stalking and was ordered to undergo psychological treatment in June 2014 after he pleaded no contest to stalking Gomez.
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    FILE - In this March 22, 1996 file photo, Robert Dewey Hoskins, 38, sits motionless as Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Conner (not shown) sentences him to 10 years in prison for stalking and terrorizing pop star Madonna, in Los Angeles. Prosecutors said Hoskins scaled the walls of Madonna's 25,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills estate in April, 1995, and again in May, 1995, and told her assistants he would either marry her or slash her throat from ear to ear. A bodyguard shot and wounded Hoskins the second time he scaled the wall.
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    FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Alec Baldwin arrives 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was convicted in November 2013 of stalking Baldwin with emails, phone calls, and unsolicited visits to his Manhattan apartment. Sabourian and Baldwin met in 2000 on a movie set and had dinner a decade later, and the actress said Baldwin made promises of a life together. The judge who sentenced her said no matter what happened between the two, Sabourin had no right to pursue contact she knew to be unwanted and amounted to a "relentless and escalating campaign of threats and in-person appearances."
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    FILE - In this April 8, 2013 file photo, Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin leaves court in New York. Sabourin was convicted in November 2013 of stalking Baldwin with emails, phone calls, and unsolicited visits to his Manhattan apartment. Sabourian and Baldwin met in 2000 on a movie set and had dinner a decade later, and the actress said Baldwin made promises of a life together. The judge who sentenced her said no matter what happened between the two, Sabourin had no right to pursue contact she knew to be unwanted and amounted to a "relentless and escalating campaign of threats and in-person appearances."
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    FILE - In a Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 in an attempt to impress Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, who he had been writing poems and letters to in an attempt to establish a relationship. He was ruled legally insane at the time of the shooting and was sent to a state mental hospital.

Armed guards, tall fences and the threat of prosecution aren't always enough to deter an overzealous fan or celebrity stalker.

For decades, stalkers have presented musicians, actors and even reality television personalities with a persistent, and potentially dangerous, downside to their fame. The unwanted attention ranges from unsolicited love letters and social media messages to kidnapping plots and home break-ins.

Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Halle Berry, Paris Hilton and many other stars have had to contend with stalkers who have threatened their safety and required the intervention of police and prosecutors.

Here's a photographic look at some of the stars who have been stalked, and how they and the legal system have dealt with those who have gotten too close for comfort.

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