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Hilary Duff & Joel Madden:

We're In Mortal Danger

10/12/2006 8:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

duff_madden-1Hilary Duff claims in court documents that she fears for her life, alleging she and her boyfriend are being stalked by two men -- one a paparazzi and the other a homeless man.

TMZ has obtained court documents, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, in which Duff and Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden claim that a 19-year-old Russian emigre came to the United States "for the sole purpose of meeting and becoming romantically involved with Ms. Duff."

The court documents state the man, whose first name is Max, "admitted to being 'obsessed' with her, has stated his intention of 'removing' his 'enemies' (i.e., those who prevent him from being with her), has stated his intention of purchasing a weapon, and has threatened to kill himself and to engage in dramatic actions to get her attention."

David Joseph Klein and Max
According to the documents, Max "has stated his belief that Hilary is in love with him and that Joel Madden stands in their way."

The court documents also claim David Joseph Klein, a 50-year-old celebrity photographer who is roommates with Max, is also a threat.

The documents state, "Over the past six weeks, the defendants have engaged in an accelerated effort to make contact with Hilary, including visits to her neighborhood, to her mother's home, to her boyfriend's neighborhood ... to Mr. Madden's concert venue, and direct calls to Hilary's manager."

According to the documents, the police detained Max at least once at one of Madden's concerts and questioned Klein at the same event.

The stars are requesting a judge to order Max and David Joseph Klein to stay at least 100 yards away from Hilary Duff, her sister Haylie, Joel Madden and his twin brother Benji.

TMZ spoke with David Joseph Klein who denies claims that he is a dangerous threat. We were unable to contact Max.


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Some of you have seem to have forgotten that stalking is a crime. Yes, unfortunately it does tend to go along with fame but that doesn't make it right or even that these celebs ask for it! People that stalk have severe mental illnesses. They seem, like Max, to think that these celebs are there solely for them. Most of us, those not in the aforementioned category, know that this is not so. People seem to forget that celebs are not "gods" they are human like (hopefully ;>)~ ) you and I. When they are not out promoting their latest endeavor LEAVE THEM BE!!!!! Famous or not they are entitled to their own lives and with that privacy goes without saying. The paparazzi are leeches. Jealous because they can't be famous in their own right. Max is a stalker who needs immediate mental medical attention but so do all of the paparazzi. The paparazzi aided in the death of Princess Diana. They've contributed to accidents amongst other celebs trying to flee from the ever prying eye. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THESE LEECHES TO LEAVE THEM ALONE?!?!?!?! Gee, I wonder if I'm the only one that thinks that the paparazzi adds fuel to the fire for all of the stalkers.

2934 days ago


I don't get it because if he's going after Joel then that really puts all of Good Charlotte in danger. But I just think people them selfs are getting more and more crazier.

2934 days ago


This is so scarey! I do remember the Rebecca Shafer incident. I hope that this situation doesn't turn into a statistic. If there are documents stating what this freak is "going" to do, than this should not be taken lightly! Lock these people up so they will not hurt anybody! Please be safe Hilary and Joel!

2933 days ago


Anyone who says this is the price of fame is really out of their minds!!! Everyone understands that being in the public eye has it's consequences with the paparazzi...but to think that someone threatening to harm you in any way is ok, might just be as crazy as these stalkers are!!! I do remember Rebecca Schaeffer & nobody should have to pay the same ultimate price that she did.

2933 days ago


Hilary should get a gun. Then she won't have to worry about these two crazys.

2933 days ago

Ralph Cooley    

At the very least Max and David should be confined to a mental instution to get their collective heads together. Then both should be shipped back to their own countries. We don't need idiots coming to this country and abusing our hard fought freedoms. That said I, question the idiot that released the information to the press concerning an ongoing case! Freedom of information laws or not it should not have been released. It has undoubtably harmed the case for Duff. That idiot in the court needs a lesson in law and humanity!

2933 days ago


The love-nut who shot President Reagan was trying to impress an entertainment celebrity with whom he was unnaturally infatuated. Max knows that, which makes him a serious threat to the life of President Bush. To protect the President, Special Services should be immediately dispatched to dispatch him. The parasitic roommate will get the pictures which are clearly his motivation in this, and the tabloids will pay him for them. He should spend the money defending himself from charges that to get those pictures, he aided and abetted Max in his assaults. Like McVeigh's McNichols, he should lose.

2933 days ago


It's a disease and the disease is called "erotomania."

Sadly, this mental disorder often starts with obsession and can easily gravitate to violence.

After awhile more and more people will become educated about it and then can be alert to possible latent signs of it in others.

2933 days ago


PUT THEM AWAY FOR GOOD! They both look like Nuclear Meltdowns anyhow.

2933 days ago


I feel for the celbs. But one the other hand how many normal people are stalked every day. The media and people need to stop caring what they think or do. we put them higher the the normal person, and there not,

2933 days ago


good. maybe these retards will finally rid us of her crappy music. ever since she had an hour long special on fox for her birthday party ive said repeatedly that someone needs to stab her

2933 days ago

Joanna E    

There was a great episode of the Larry Sanders Show where Gary Shandling nailed the "obsessed fan" situation right on the mark. He actually invited his stalker to his home and to the show, introduced him to all his show biz cronies as "my stalker, Bob." Sanders' theory, as he explained to his friends and business associates, was that by actually treating his stalker to the life he fantasized about with Larry, he'd get over his obsession pretty quickly by realizing what a dull and boring life the object of his obsession really lived. Sounds crazy? Maybe. But somehow I think there's an element of truth and wisdom to it.

2933 days ago


Get a motherf***ing life people!! Who gives a damn about Hilary Duff?!

2933 days ago


It should be illegal to stalk anyone, punishable by the courts if there is evidence to the fact. Why should this poor girl live everyday of her life looking over her shoulder. And her boy friend is obviously in danger also. Restraining orders DO NOT WORK ON THE INSANE! Women have been killed after issuing restraining orders. They issue them like it will be able to put an invisible forcefield around the person, protecting them from any danger. Those that stalk are not in their right mind, so if there is hard evidence pointing to the fact, they should be arrested and given jail time. In the case of this Russian, if he is here on a visa or not, SEND HIM PACKING! A restraining order is just a piece of paper, it can not keep this person away from her. After all, he must know what he is doing is unlawful, yet he still does it!!!

2933 days ago

E. Davis    

What a crock of CRAP! This is just another celebrity public attention ploy.
Wake up people!
The newest tactic before a movie, book, or TV apperance release is about to happen. The big thing now is stalkers. Last go around was child molestion. Before that was cancer, before that rape.
Don't you people see how often this "revelation" of the stars (or wannabe star) is timed right before the "star" is wanting as much attention as possible?
Just remember, before you worship the ground these people walk on that they poop and smell just like you do. The only difference is that they need alot of attention. And most of you want to live your desperate lives through them!

2933 days ago
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