Uma Thurman may testify in stalker trial

Wed Jan 9, 2008 3:39pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The trial of a man accused of stalking the actress Uma Thurman for two years was set for February 5 on Wednesday, and it appears likely the actress will be called to testify.

Jack Jordan, 36, is accused of trying to enter Thurman's movie trailer in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood in 2005 and of repeatedly contacting her and visiting her New York City home. He faces misdemeanor counts of stalking and harassment.

But Jordan, a graduate student and former psychiatric patient, will not face the more serious felony charge of attempted coercion, New York Supreme Court Judge Gregory Carro ruled.

Prosecutors had argued that Jordan attempted to limit Thurman's freedom, saying he warned her in a letter he would kill himself if he saw the 37-year-old actress with another man. But Carro dismissed that charge.

"If you would like to kill yourself, it is not chargeable," Carro told Jordan.

Jordan's lawyer, George Vomvolakis, told reporters outside the courtroom his client was eager to go to trial and that Thurman was likely to appear.

"He has a bright future. He wants to be a teacher. With a criminal record, he can't do that," Vomvolakis said.

Jordan has been held on $10,000 bail since his arrest in October 2006. If convicted, Jordan faces up to one year in jail.

Jordan is a 1994 graduate of the University of Chicago and, until his arrest, was pursuing a master's degree at Mills College in Oakland, California, his lawyer said.

Thurman has appeared in nearly 40 films including both "Kill Bill" movies and "Pulp Fiction," for which she was nominated an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Stuart Grudgings)

 
<p>Uma Thurman poses at the red carpet as she arrives for Valentino's gala dinner at Villa Borghese park in Rome July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli</p>