Published May 05, 2008
NEW YORK – A former mental patient "terrified" Uma Thurman by stalking and harassing her for more than two years, a prosecutor said in closing arguments at his trial.
"This is not about a man in love," Assistant District Attorney Jessica Taub said at Jack Jordan's state Supreme Court trial before deliberations began Monday afternoon.
Defense lawyer George Vomvolakis conceded that Jordan's behavior was obsessive -- but said there was no criminal intent to scare, harass, annoy or alarm the actress, whose film credits include "Kill Bill," "Pulp Fiction" and "The Producers."
"He's trying to get to the woman he loves -- although it's an obsession -- in the hope that she will love him back," said Vomvolakis.
Taub countered that intent can be determined by a person's actions. "He wanted to be with Uma Thurman and he would not take no for an answer."
The prosecutor said Jordan used emotional blackmail with Thurman and her family by threatening to kill himself, and harassed the actress by ringing her doorbell at all hours of the day and night. He was thwarted numerous times by her relatives and her staff.
"The defendant drove through every single stop sign that was in his path," said the prosecutor.
"This isn't about love for Uma Thurman," added Taub. "This is about self-absorption. This is about getting to his goal."
"If you intend all the actions that lead up to an event, then you intended the natural and probable consequences of those actions. You can't then say it was misguided," she said.
On Thursday, Thurman testified about a card Jordan delivered to her trailer in Manhattan's SoHo section, where she was filming "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." It bore a drawing of an open grave, a headstone and a man standing on the edge of a razor blade. A spiral of random words referred to "chocolate, mouth, soft, kissing" and declared, "My hands should be on your body at all times."
"I was completely freaked out," Thurman, 38, said of the drawing, which was on a religious confirmation card. "It was almost like a nightmare; it was scary."
"I felt I was walking on the razor's edge," Jordan explained Friday. "I felt that it reflected this relationship that I unfortunately imagined that we had. ... This cartoon was meant to amuse her, to endear me to her."
"Do you see how it could have scared her?" asked Vomvolakis.
"I see it now," Jordan said.
Jordan, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., faces up to a year in jail if convicted.