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Published: Wed, March 26, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Man ordered to stay away from Taylor Swift

LOS ANGELES

A man accused of saying he is married to Taylor Swift and threatening to harm her family was ordered Tuesday to stay away from the Grammy-winning singer for three years.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Swift a restraining order against Timothy Sweet.

Court filings by Swift state that Sweet has sent messages threatening to harm the entertainer’s family or anyone who interferes with his perceived relationship with her. The singer wrote in a sworn declaration that she fears for her safety in public and at home.

“Mr. Sweet’s course of conduct, including threats to harm my family, are seriously alarming and harassing and are extremely distressing to me and my family,” Swift wrote in a sworn declaration filed March 3.

Sweet also has gone to the singer’s homes in Beverly Hills and Nashville, the filings state.

Time change doesn’t help ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK

A recent time-slot switch hasn’t paid dividends for Fox’s lurching “American Idol,” which reached a smaller audience last week than for all but one episode of its rookie season in the summer of 2002.

Thursday’s edition of “Idol” reached 8.4 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. Once television’s most dominant show, last week’s results program barely made it into Nielsen’s top 20 for the week. Wednesday’s show had 9.8 million viewers.

For the week of March 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewership: “NCIS,” CBS, 17.11 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 15.44 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.21 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.52 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.47 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 13.29 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.31 million; “The Black List,” NBC, 10.97 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 10.94 million; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 10.2 million.

Associated Press


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