Published July 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES – A man accused of stalking Paris Hilton has pleaded not guilty to felony charges that could land him in jail for five years.
City News Service says 36-year-old James Rainford entered pleas Friday in Los Angeles to two felony stalking charges and three misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order to stay away from the socialite.
Rainford was arrested on the Fourth of July after paparazzi recognized him outside Hilton's Malibu home. It was his third arrest in less than a year related to Hilton.
Rainford is jailed on $150,000 bail. Jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.
Rainford was released from jail in May after serving time for misdemeanor battery. Authorities say he had tried to grab Hilton's then-boyfriend outside a courthouse earlier this year.