Deana Carter Files Lawsuit Against Alleged ‘Aggressive’ Stalker
Being a Grammy-nominated singer and having a slew of country hits isn't all fun and games: Deana Carter has filed a lawsuit and is seeking a restraining order against an alleged stalker.
Carter filed suit against Plano, Texas, resident William Arthur Bukauskas in Collin County Court on July 24, according to Courthouse News Service. The "Strawberry Wine" hitmaker alleges that Bukauskas has stalked her at church and at concerts, as well as through phone calls and emails. According to Carter, the man has falsely claimed that he represents her and is romantically involved with her.
The singer says that the alleged stalking began in early 2013, when Bukauskas began to "harass, embarrass and annoy" her and "seriously jeopardize" her career.
"Ms. Carter had been hopeful the conduct of defendant would cease or at least become less threatening to her; however, the conduct has escalated and has now reached a level which involves her minor child and her family," Carter's complaint states. "She can no longer hope that his conduct will cease without court intervention."
The legal documents also describe the escalation of contact, saying, "Defendant's initial contact with plaintiff began as that of an overzealous fan. However, his persistent, unauthorized, unwelcome and uninvited actions have quickly become much more than fandom. Recently, Mr. Bukauskas began communication with event venues under the false pretense of representing Ms. Carter's professional interest in an attempt to procure private performances by Ms. Carter."
Carter claims that the man "is clearly becoming more aggressive in his attempts to get close" to her, and she fears for her and her young son's safety.
Courthouse News Service was unable able to successfully make contact with Bukauskas, and neither Carter nor Bukauskas has commented publicly on the matter.
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