Steven Spielberg gets a restraining order against a stalker he claims has been sending him death threats
- Spielberg, 73, filed for the restraining order against a woman named Sarah Char
- He claims she had been harassing him for months and threatening to kill him
- The director wrote in his filings that police told him Char tried to purchase a gun in order to allegedly shoot him
- Char will be required to stay 100 yards away from him and his family
- Spielberg is among the most respected directors alive who became a billionaire on the success of Jaws, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park and many other films
Steven Spielberg has been granted a restraining order against a woman he claimed has been threatening to murder him.
The director, 73, previously filed legal documents requesting a protective order against a woman named Sarah Char, TMZ reported on Tuesday.
Spielberg’s filings alleged that he had been informed by police that Char had attempted to buy a gun in order to kill him.
Protection: Steven Spielberg has been awarded a restraining order against a woman he claimed had threatened to murder him, TMZ reported on Tuesday; seen in December 2019 in Hollywood
The documents also claim the woman had previously been arrested for harassment, making threats and stalking, though it was unclear if he was her sole target.
The filmmaker reported received a direct message on Twitter from Char reading: ‘If I have to personally MURDER people for stealing my IPs‚ I WILL. Get me?’
Spielberg said he was scared for his safety in the filings, as well as that of his family members.
In court: The director, 73, previously filed legal documents requesting the restraining order against a woman named Sarah Char; pictured with his wife Kate Capshaw in December 2019
Scary: Spielberg’s filings alleged that he had been informed by police that Char had allegedly attempted to buy a gun in order to kill him; pictured in February in LA
Spielberg was able to obtain a temporary restraining order requiring Char to remain at least 100 yards away from him at all times.
His wife and their daughter are reportedly covered under the order as well, though it’s unclear which of his daughters are protected by it, or if Char is also required to steer clear if his other sons and daughters.
Spielberg married second wife Kate Capshaw in 1991, seven years after meeting her when she was cast in his 1984 film Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.
News of the Jurassic Park director’s restraining order arrives a day after he announced that his production company Amblin had signed a multi-year distribution deal with Universal.
Under the deal, which is for five years, according to Variety, Amblin will make multiple films each year for Universal to distribute and advertise, while Amblin will have a more direct pipeline for new shows and films that are intended for streaming services.
Family: His wife and daughter are reportedly covered under the order, though it’s unclear which of his daughters are protected by it, or if his other children are also protected; seen with daughter Sasha Spielberg in February 2019
Following his stint in film school, Spielberg’s career as a director began in the late 1960s, when he worked with a number of former Hollywood icons while directing them on television.
His 1971 television film Duel became a surprise success, leading to an extended theatrical version being released internationally.
Spielberg is credited with creating the modern blockbuster with his 1975 thriller Jaws, which earned an astounding $472 million against a $9 million budget.
He rounded out his ’70s period with the hit Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977).
Newly signed: News of the restraining order arrives a day after he announced that his production company Amblin had signed a multi-year distribution deal with Universal
The 1980s saw him cementing his critical and commercial success with the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981).
He followed it with the science fiction film E.T. (1982), along with the darker Indiana Jones sequel, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984).
In the 1990s, the director veered between similar blockbusters (Jurassic Park) and prestige dramas like Schindler’s List and the war film Saving Private Ryan.
Spielberg’s next project is a new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical West Side Story, starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler.
Coming soon: Spielberg’s next project is a new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical West Side Story; seen on set in August 2019