Cameras may invade another part of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ life.
On Monday, Oct. 4, Judge David Mintz said he’d allow cameras to be present during pretrial hearings involving the actress’ accused stalker, Dawnette Knight, reports the AP.
The judge ruled in favor of televising the proceedings in response to a motion filed by Zeta-Jones’ legal team seeking to bar cameras from the courtroom, claiming that media coverage could inspire copycat crimes and contaminate the jury pool. Mintz also ruled, however, that cameras won’t be allowed to cover witness testimony.
Another motion, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, also requests that Mintz keep the cameras out — this time from the trial itself — since some of the witnesses are undercover detectives. The judge has yet to rule on the request. The trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Knight, 33, has pleaded not guilty to one count of stalking and 24 counts of criminal threats, which include phone calls and letters that date back to the beginning of 2003. She is currently held on $1 million bail.
Zeta-Jones, 34, won a best supporting actress Oscar for 2002’s “Chicago.” She next stars opposite Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in the upcoming heist sequel “Ocean’s 12,” which will be released in December.