NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Uma Thurman testified on Thursday that she felt sickened and terrified by a man accused of stalking her and was disturbed to hear he had been in contact with her family.
"I was completely freaked out. It was like a nightmare. It was scary," the "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Fiction" actress told a Manhattan criminal court in the trial of Jack Jordan.
Jordan, 37, is accused of sending harassing e-mails to Thurman's father and brother, loitering for hours on the steps of Thurman's Manhattan apartment and visiting her trailer on a movie set.
He is charged with misdemeanor counts of stalking and harassment. If convicted, he could face up to one year in jail.
Jordan's lawyer says his client loved Thurman and was obsessed by her but that his behavior was merely "creepy" and not criminal.
Thurman's voice broke when asked about her two children, aged 6 and 9, and her hand trembled as she held a card that Jordan had sent her at a Manhattan movie set.
He wrote on it, "My hands should be on your body at all times."
Upon receiving the card, she said she phoned her family in upstate New York and learned that her father had received e-mails from Jordan and that Jordan had spoken to her mother and brother.
"I felt a stone drop in my stomach. ... The idea that this had a history made it even more terrifying," the 38-year-old actress said during the third day of the trial.
Jordan mostly stared straight ahead or down, occasionally glancing at Thurman as she testified. She did not look at him.
Editing by Daniel Trotta and Xavier Briand