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Halle Berry intruder pleads not guilty to stalking charge

July 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man charged with stalking actress Halle Berry pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was ordered to stay 500 yards away from her if he is released from jail.

The actress did not attend the hearing, but has come face-to-face at least twice with Richard Franco since Saturday, when he first breached security at her Hollywood Hills home.

Franco, 27, was arrested late Monday after off-duty officers saw him jump the wall of Berry's Hollywood Hills home.

In a court declaration, Berry details a terrifying experience. She said Franco was at her house Saturday and Sunday and came within a foot of her, outside her kitchen door.

"Panicking and in fear of my life, I turned my body and quickly hit the deadbolt lock on the glass door," Berry said. "I grabbed my phone and ran as fast as I could upstairs, slamming each door behind me as I ran."

Franco is scheduled to appear in court July 27 for a preliminary hearing where some of the evidence against him will be presented.

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted. He remains jailed with bail set at $150,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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