A judge Wednesday granted Alyson Hannigan a temporary restraining order from a man who she claims has repeatedly threatened her and her family in online postings.
The order requires John Hobbs, 43, to stay away from the How I Met Your Mother actress and her family, and it orders him to stop posting messages about her online.
Hannigan states in her petition that in the past two months, Hobbs, a New Hampshire resident recently released from a mental hospital, has posted messages that have suggested he will rape her and take her to the after-life.
Star avoids show
Maggie Smith, the 78-year-old actress, who portrays Lady Grantham in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. told 60 Minutes she hasn’t watched the drama because doing so would only make her agonize over her performance.
She said she may watch it someday.
911 calls for Couric
Katie Couric is losing sleep over some odd 911 calls.
New York City police said Thursday they had been called to Couric’s Manhattan home several times recently because of 911 calls traced to a phone listed there. The 911 operator hears only static, but police are compelled to answer each call.
Police say they are investigating whether something’s wrong with her phone or if Couric is the victim of a prankster.
Rapper Jim Jones has been arrested after allegedly becoming belligerent with police in the New Jersey town where he lives.
NorthJersey.com reports Jones was charged Wednesday in Fair Lawn with disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension.
Police say they were questioning Jones about a ticketed vehicle they were trying to tow. Jones agreed to pay the fee but allegedly became upset when questioned about prior warrants.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Jane Seymour is 62. Cartoonist Matt Groening is 59. Model Janice Dickinson is 58. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 54. Bassist Mikey Craig is 53. Country singer Michael Reynolds is 49. Actor Michael Easton is 46. Actress Renee O’Connor is 42. Actress Sarah Wynter is 40. Singer Brandon Boyd is 37. Drummer Ronnie Vannucc
i is 37. Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is 29. Actress Amber Riley is 27.