August 6, 2010 / 6:47 PM / 9 years ago

Stay away order extended for Bullock stalker

Actress Sandra Bullock, best actress nominee for "The Blind Side," arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California judge on Friday extended for three years a stay away order against a man who is accused of stalking Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.

The restraining order bars 41-year-old Thomas Weldon from coming within 100 yards of Bullock, her adopted baby boy and the three children of her ex-husband Jesse James.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson had issued a temporary order against Weldon on July 19, after a previous stay away order expired last year.

“This is clearly a case of a fan going beyond being a fan,” Goodson said. “This is the downside of celebrity.”

Weldon allegedly showed up at a house Bullock keeps in Wyoming this past June, saying he had driven there to meet her. The previous orders were issued for similar attempts he made to meet the 45-year-old actress, who won a best-actress Oscar for her role in football film, “The Blind Side”.

Bullock’s attorney Edwin F. McPherson said Weldon is currently in a mental health facility in Wyoming.

Bullock, who recently relocated to Texas from the Los Angeles area, was not present for the hearing.

Reporting by Carolina Madrid; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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