AceShowbiz - Top chef and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis has filed for a restraining order against an alleged stalker, who insists he is the father of her daughter.
The obsessed fan has harassed her online and confronted her in person, according to the legal claim, and Giada is concerned about the safety of herself and her child.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, De Laurentiis claims she hired a private investigator a year ago (May, 18) to investigate a series of online messages she received from a man, which started out harmless but became more personal.
She claims he declared his love for her in one message, which read: "I have loved you since the first day I ever met you and I haven't stopped... I love you with all of my heart and soul...."
A month later, he started referencing her daughter in his messages and then he showed up at a book store event in Los Angeles, and asked to speak with her alone. She declined and he was escorted out of the store.
When De Laurentiis' private investigator contacted the man a week later, he explained he was in love with the chef and claimed she had pursued him in a relationship "and that he was the biological father of my child".
Officials at the Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Management Unit intervened and the alleged stalked was told to stop attempting to contact De Laurentiis, but he reached out to her private investigator, hinting he would continue to go to her public appearances.
Giada claims her investigator received an email from the man in February, in which he pleaded for a meeting with her.
She applied for a temporary restraining order last week, ends May 03, but according to The Blast she failed to show up for a hearing and it was dismissed.