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OTRC: Shania Twain's alleged stalker denied bail, throws fit

Shania Twain appears in an undated photo from her official Facebook page, Facebook.com/ShaniaTwain. (Facebook.com/ShaniaTwain)

Shania Twain's alleged stalker was denied bail on Wednesday and didn't take the ruling lightly, instead lashing out at the courtroom.

"You know you're all very sick, you really are -- it's so sad," Palumbo said. "Have fun, because I'm going to keep having fun, wherever I am... What a bunch of psychopaths. Woo hoo. Shame, shame, shame. Shame on all of you!"

The former Ottawa doctor Giovanni (John) Palumbo admitted to stalking the country star but was denied bail when the judge determined he had an "insufficient release plan." According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Palumbo also repeatedly interrupted Twain's video testimony during the court proceedings.

In Twain's video testimony, she detailed the love letters she had received from Palumbo and said she feared his unwanted visits. Palumbo has been seen at Twain's family cottage, her grandmother's funeral and at the Juno Awards in March, which is where he was arrested.

Palumbo has been in custody since his March arrest and is due back in court on November 15, where Dr. Helen Ward will testify on his psychiatric state. Ward's psychiatric evaluation concluded that Palumbo suffers from bipolar disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. But according to the Winnepeg Press, Ward deemed him to be criminally responsible for his crimes of criminal harassment by watching and besetting.

The 45-year-old Grammy winning country singer, who is known for songs like "You're Still the One," "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and "That Don't Impress Me Much," recently made her musical comeback after dealing with a messy divorce and losing her voice.

In June, Twain received the 2,442nd star on the Walk of Fame. It is located at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The singer accepted the honor at a ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Twain achieved global success with her third album, "Come On Over," which was released in 1997 and sold over 40 million copies worldwide. The album earned Twain four Grammy Awards and became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time.

She last released a studio album in 2002. The record, "Up!," has sold more than 11 million copies in the United States.

In 2008, Twain and her first husband Robert "Mutt" Lange, a record producer and the father of her son Eja, 9, separated after 14 years of marriage.

The country and pop star spoke to the press recently to promote her new memoir, "From This Moment On," which made the New York Times bestseller list and details her struggle with her separation from her ex-husband, who allegedly cheated on her.

Twain's new OWN reality series, "Why Not?," which also showcases her struggle and her journey to regain her voice after the scandal, debuted on May 8. The show gave Oprah Winfrey's new cable network its highest premiere ratings.


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