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Halle Berry’s Alleged Stalker Pleads Not Guilty

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Jul. 14 2011, Updated 3:30 p.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

The man who has allegedly been stalking Halle Berry pled not guilty to one felony count of stalking in court Wednesday, RadarOnline.com can report.

Richard Franco, a 27-year-old from Commerce, CA, was arrested around 11pm Monday in the yard of the Oscar winning actress’ home after he jumped over a back wall onto her property.

A judge granted a restraining order against the Franco, obtained by RadarOnline.com, which states that he must stay at least 100 yards away from Berry, her daughter Nahla, her vehicle and her workplace.

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Berry said she has no idea who the man is and has “no desire to have any contact with him,” in her request for the restraining order.  She went on to describe the violation of having this man repeatedly try and enter her property. “This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love.”

“I am also informed that Franco has a criminal history of violence, theft and drug offenses.”

Franco is on probation after pleading no contest in June to a misdemeanor battery charge and he is facing up to three years in state prison if convicted.  He remains in jail on a $150,000 bond. Franco is ordered to next appear in court July 27th.

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