Billie Eilish Gets Restraining Order Against 23-Year-Old Stalker
"Every time I see him I just want to scream"
Published Feb 19, 2021A Los Angeles judge has granted Billie Eilish a temporary restraining order against a 23-year-old man named John Matthews Hearle, who stands accused of camping out at a school outside her house, sending the pop star written death threats and making a threatening "throat-slitting gesture" at her.
"I no longer feel safe going outside my home and enjoying basic physical exercise in my neighbourhood, as he could attempt to approach and hurt me," Eilish wrote in a court request. "Every time I see him I just want to scream."
TMZ reports that Hearle sent notes containing disturbing drawings and threats to Eilish, with one reading: "You can't get what you want, unless what you want is to die for me. You will know that soon the water will rise, and you might very well die. You will die."
According to court documents obtained by NBC News, Hearle has been ordered to stay away from Eilish until March 4, which is when the court will convene for a hearing on the matter.
Last year, Eilish had to file another restraining order against a fan named Prenell Rousseau, who reportedly visited her house and attempted to gain entry on numerous occasions. That order was later extended by three years after Eilish's representatives requested a five-year extension, according to NBC affiliate WVIR.