Published November 30, 2010
NEW YORK – A former psychiatric patient who was convicted in 2008 of stalking Uma Thurman tried to call her again, defying a court order to leave her alone after years of unwanted and weird advances, officials said Tuesday.
Jack Jordan was awaiting extradition to New York after he was arrested Nov. 23 in a Washington, D.C., suburb on charges of violating his restraining order by calling the actress's office, according to police and the Brooklyn district attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case.
It was unclear whether Jordan has a lawyer. The New York attorney who previously represented him said Tuesday he hadn't heard from Jordan about the new allegations.
Calls to a number believed to be the family home where Jordan was staying rang unanswered Tuesday.
Jordan, a former lifeguard and pool cleaner with an English degree from the University of Chicago and a history of mental problems, was sentenced in 2008 to three years' probation and told not to try to contact the Oscar-nominated "Pulp Fiction" actress for five years.
Montgomery County, Md., police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said when officers went to serve the arrest warrant in North Potomac, they were led to a room where Jordan was sitting in front of a computer with Thurman's name in a Google search box.
Baur said Jordan was arrested without incident and is awaiting a Dec. 21 extradition hearing.
Thurman's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Jordan was convicted of stalking and harassing the actress from 2005 to 2007.
Thurman told jurors at his trial that she was "completely freaked out" by his behavior. He sent bizarre letter and cards — featuring such ominous images as a picture of a bride with her head torn off and such unsettling messages as "my hands should be on your body at all times" — called her family and employees, tried to get into her trailer on a movie set and showed up at her Manhattan home late at night, according to testimony.
Jordan testified that he'd developed a crush on Thurman in high school after seeing her in the 1988 movie "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." His feelings intensified after he saw her in the Quentin Tarantino-directed "Kill Bill" in 2003.
He was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in late 2005 after being questioned about his obsession with Thurman, he said.
"My intention was for a kind of relationship to develop between us," he said at his sentencing. But he said he had come to realize during the trial he had "overstepped" legal bounds.
Jordan earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago in 1994. He also has done most of the work for a master's degree.
Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz in New York and Alex Dominguez in Baltimore contributed to this report.