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Duff

Drops Restraining Order

Against Alleged Stalker

12/19/2006 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former couple Hilary Duff and Joel Madden have decided to drop their temporary restraining orders against one of two of their alleged stalkers.

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TMZ obtained documents filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the star duo's lawyers, which requests a dismissal of the restraining orders against celebrity photographer David Joseph Klein.

In October, Duff and Madden filed temporary restraining orders against Klein and his roommate Maksim Miakovsky, an 18-year-old Russian emigre. The former couple feared for their safety and requested that a judge order the alleged stalkers to stay at least 100 yards away from Duff, her sister Haylie, Madden and his twin brother Benji.

In November, Miakovsky was arrested and booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking Duff. He remains behind bars.

Since their breakup last month, Madden has been linked with Nicole Richie. It is believed that Nicole was at his home on the night of her drugged-up wrong-way freeway adventure.

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