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Billie Eilish Requests Restraining Order Against Man Who Broke Into Her Parents' House
The pop star asked the courts to grant her a restraining order against Christopher Anderson, who allegedly made several attempts to get into her parents' home and claimed she was watching and writing about him.
Pop star Billie Eilish and her family have requested a restraining order against a man who allegedly broke into her parents' home earlier this month.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, Eilish has requested that Christopher Anderson, 39, be barred from harassing her or contacting her in person or via social media, NBC News reported. She's also requested that the court order Anderson to stay at least 100 yards away from: her; her brother and musical partner Finneas Baird O’Connell; her parents, Patrick O’Connell and Maggie Baird; and her home, her workplace and her car.
Anderson was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 for breaking into Eilish's parents' home in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Oxygen.com previously reported. An off-site house sitter for the family alerted police at 9:15 p.m. after surveillance footage allegedly showed a person wearing a mask and dressed in all black scaling a fence and looking around the property.
Anderson was reportedly taken into custody a block away. He remains incarcerated in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department North County Correctional Facility in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Nothing was reportedly taken from the property.
In documents filed in support of the restraining order, Eilish's father, Patrick O’Connell, said that Anderson had repeatedly shown up at his home starting on Dec. 22, NBC News reported. On one occasion, he reportedly rang the intercom and asked to use the bathroom, the Los Angeles Times reported; on Dec. 28, he slipped a cell phone under the home's gate.
On Dec. 29, he returned, only to leave behind a white flower and a handwritten note in which Anderson "professed his love for my daughter Billie, claimed that at some point in time Billie had been watching Mr. Anderson and writing songs about Mr. Anderson, and that Mr. Anderson really wanted to meet Billie,” her father wrote in the petition, according to the Times.
Police were reportedly called to the home five times over Anderson's attempts to make contact with Eilish before the alleged break-in. Eilish wrote in the petition that she'd never had any communication with him.
She has had an emergency protective order against Anderson in place since the break-in, according to the documents reviewed by NBC News.
“Regrettably, this is not the first time an unknown individual has attempted to contact my family and me specifically by stalking us outside my family’s home and by making professions of love to and threats of violence against me,” Eilish wrote in the petition, according to the Times. “However, each such occasion, including the present one, causes me substantial anxiety, fear, and emotional distress over my personal safety and that of my father, mother and brother.”
Eilish has had a three-year restraining order in place since June 2020 against another fan — New York City resident Prenell Rousseau, now 27 — who repeatedly showed up at her parents' home that May and refused to leave, TMZ reported.
She has had a five-year restraining order in place since March 2021 against a man named John Matthews Hearle, now 25, E! and NBC News reported. Hearle, who also went by the name "Adam Lucifer," allegedly parked (and stayed overnight) at a school across the street from her parents' home for six months, making violent gestures, talking to himself and leaving threatening letters for her.
“I worry that someday one of these individuals will do something violent or extremely disturbing to me or one of my family members,” Eilish wrote in the Tuesday petition.