July 5, 2011 / 6:24 PM / 7 years ago

Paris Hilton stalker arrested on Malibu beach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 36 year-old man accused of stalking Paris Hilton was arrested after being spotted standing on the beach and looking into her Malibu home, authorities said on Tuesday.

Paris Hilton poses at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

James Rainford, who is barred by a previous court order from being within 200 yards of Hilton, was taken into custody on Monday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department said.

Rainford was found trespassing on Hilton’s house in the Hollywood Hills late last year, and in April he was convicted of attacking the socialite’s then boyfriend outside a Los Angeles court house.

Celebrity website TMZ.com reported that Hilton watched from her balcony on Monday as a shirtless Rainford was handcuffed on the beach and arrested for violating the stayaway order.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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