Judge orders Iraq vet to steer away from Tom Cruise

December 12th, 2008 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI  

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New York, Dec 12 (ANI): An Iraq war veteran with a history of mental woes, who turned up thrice at Tom Cruises Beverly Hills home, has been ordered by a California judge to stay away from the actor.

Edward Van Tassels lawyer Robert Landheer said that the 28-year-old was carrying a book written by the late Bruce Lee and a handwritten letter, imploring Cruise to help in the fight for veterans” rights.

“I reach out to you as a fan and maybe someday as a friend. The soldiers NEED your ASSISTANCE,” The New York Daily News quoted the letter as saying.

Van Tassel hit headlines last month when, while wearing a mask, he shut down Highway 101 by waving a handgun and an American flag on a freeway overpass in Santa Barbara, California.

He was arrested three hours after the incident, in which he pleaded not guilty and was sent to a veterans” facility rather than held on bail.

But he managed to slip out of the facility thrice and showed up at Cruise’’s home, said the actor’’s private investigator. (ANI)

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