A judge has denied actor Laurence Fishburne's request for a permanent restraining order against a man who has repeatedly demanded that the actor and his family vacate their home, OTRC.com has learned.
"We respectfully disagree with the judge. Mr. Fishburne certainly has a right to feel secure in his own home," Donald Etra, Fishburne's attorney, said in a statement. "The restraining order should have been granted. If this individual ever shows up again, we will be right back in court. "
Fishburne initially received a temporary restraining order against a man named Anthony Francis. Francis allegedly threatened the actor's family on January 1 when he rang the family's intercom, claimed he was the owner of Fishburne's house and that the actor and his family were there illegally.
In court documents obtained by OTRC.com earlier this month. Fishburne claimed that police told him, "Francis was released from parole on December 25, 2012, on charges of Cyber Stalking and Criminal Threats."
"We have lived and owned our home for ten years," the 51-year-old actor, who is married to actress Gina Torres, added. "The home is in the name of the Apocalypse Trust, of which my wife and I are the sole trustors."
Francis, 52, then left a letter in the actor's mailbox later that week in which he once again stated that he was the owner of the house and insisted that Fishburne and his family vacate the home "ASAP."
Hollywood Police had gotten a similar call from Fracis a few weeks before that incident. The actor was able to obtain a temporary restraining order against Francis, who had to stay 100 yards from Fishburne, Torres and their 5-year-old daughter, Delilah.
Fishburne is likely best known for his role as Morpheus in "The Matrix" franchise. He also appeared on two seasons of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and left the series in 2011. Fishburne has an upcoming role in the Superman reboot "Man of Steel" as Perry White, editor-in-chief of The Daily Planet.
Fishburne also has a role on the upcoming series "Hannibal," based on the novels by Thomas Harris. The series will feature the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was famously played by Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon." The show is set to air on NBC but does not have a premiere date set.