Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Puts Legal Heat on Alleged Stalker
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has filed for a restraining order in Los Angeles against a 32-year-old fan and novice filmmaker named August Elizabeth Thomas after her alleged repeated attempts to contact him culminated late last month in unwelcome visits to the rocker’s house –- on two consecutive days.
Thomas first approached Frusciante last year with plans to make a biopic about his life and work with the Peppers, and apparently has responded to his disinterest with increasing aggressiveness. "I feel like I'm being stalked," the guitarist claims in court papers filed last week.
A little poking around the Internet turned up a Facebook page for an L.A.-based auteur named August Elizabeth Thomas and a Kickstarter listing for a "narrative film project" titled 'Going Inside: The Heart and Mind of Guitarist John Frusciante.' The Kickstarter project was an abysmal failure –- it raised a grand total of $10 before its February deadline -- and a note posted in March by Thomas seemed to suggest she had abandoned work on the flick.
“With great sadness, due to multiple encouragements from John Frusciante's attorney, this project has been put on hold,” she wrote. “I must respect the feelings of those involved.”
Or did she? Frusciante maintains that Thomas continued to pursue the project, inundating him with letters and emails he described as "long, rambling and overly emotional,” showing up at concerts put on by his wife’s band, Swahili Blonde, and eventually making the aforementioned appearances at his abode. "I fear both for my safety and for my wife's safety,” explains Frusciante. "I am worried that [Thomas] is unstable and that she could snap at any moment."
Frusciante and his alleged stalker are both due in court later this month.