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Judge Bars Fan From Contacting Whitney Houston

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) - A judge reinstated an order on Tuesday temporarily barring a woman from contacting singer Whitney Houston after the fan repeatedly sent letters, cards and gifts to the pop star who she believes is her "supernatural reincarnated mother."

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie issued the order in Morris County court against Desiree Weeks, 33, who has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in New York. Houston is also seeking a permanent restraining order against Weeks and a hearing was scheduled for March 27.

Since August 1999, Weeks has sent the Grammy Award-winning singer numerous letters, greeting cards and gifts including Valentine's Day chocolates and a four-tiered cake. In December 1999 she mailed Houston a bra and underwear, pajamas for her husband Bobby Brown and pillows for her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, according to court papers.

The items showed that Weeks believed Houston was her "supernatural reincarnated mother" and in letters Weeks called her "mommy" and wrote "you are my world." Weeks also referred to Houston's 7-year-old daughter as her "sister."

Houston, who has an estate in Mendham, N.J., had a previous restraint on Weeks lifted in June, believing she was locked up securely. The singer filed for the reinstatement because Weeks escaped from the hospital on Jan. 26 for 11 hours.

"You hear stories of people stalking celebrities and you never know if they're realistic threats or not," Houston's attorney Brian Blaney told reporters.

No physical harm has been done to Houston or her family but the order bars Weeks from having any contact personally, through correspondence, by phone or with her management company, Nippy Inc. of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Weeks sent letters and gifts to the company and was spotted on the grounds of Houston's estate.

NEWSFILE: 27 FEBRUARY 2001

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