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Man Threatens Buffy’s Alyson Hannigan Online, Judge Brings Down The Banhammer For 3 Years


When do you go from banning/blocking someone on your websites to having a judge do it for you? Buffy the Vampire Slayer and How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan had that decided in court this week after receiving threats online. 

Earlier this year, E! News reported Hannigan got a temporary restraining order against a New Hampshire man after he threatened not only her, but her family, online. They write the man “has possessed a pistol permit since 2000 and was recently discharged from a mental hospital.”

Hannigan is married to former Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof and the couple have two girls together. The individual in question posted threats of violence and death on Facebook more than once with one directly mentioning Denisof. In her original filing, Hannigan reported local police visiting the man who ”fully acknowledged his interest” in the actress. They say he agree to visit a mental-health clinic but still said he would be traveling to California to find her.

Fast forward to this past week, E! News ran an update on the case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson issued a three-year restraining order against the man which states he may not come within 100 yards of Hannigan or her family. The ruling also says the man may not contact her in any way, including posting about her online, for the same time period.

I’m not familiar with current restraining order rulings but does this online-specific restriction set a precedent others harassed online could benefit from?

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  • TKS

    I am extremely happy that the court sided with Hannigan, and I hope that the man gets the help he needs.

  • Anonymous

    Holy! O.o I hope this stops him; sometimes it doesn’t. It really depends on the person. But I’m glad she’s at least getting some help. Being stalked, and having death threats on top of that, is very scary indeed. I would’ve loved to have had this type of restraining order, by the way. Though I doubt anything would have come of it, since every time I called the police when the abuser disobeyed his, they reported it, and/or found some way to sympathize with the asshole.

  • Travis Fischer

    Scary stuff.

  • Wayne Anthony Feeney

    Three years doesn’t seem like all that much. If it’s only a ban on contacting her, etc, shouldn’t it have been for, like, ten years or something?

  • Mmarple26

    scary stuff. unfortunetly getting a restraining order doesn’t do jack against a stalker. if he’s determined to find her, he will. very luckily for her, she’s famous and has resources that the normal public does not so her chances of being safe are better then those women who can’t afford security guards/electric fences ect. the downside to being famous, I guess

  • OdinsEye

    I’m sorry I just didn’t know she is married to Wesley Wyndam-Pryce/Sandy Rivers. That is so awesome, but what I thought was just as cool, is that Clark Gregg is married to Jennifer Grey. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  • Anonymous

    Getting the man help? Someone who actually wants to see rehabilitation in this day and age?! Madness! You and the +18 as of reading this give me a little more faith in humanity, thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/CrazyCatTeen Abigail Wallace

    Don’t they know that inflicting violence on anyone Willow loves is a *bad* idea?

  • Anonymous

    I work in domestic violence court (not in CA), and the judges here routinely include online communication in the list of methods of contact prohibited in a restraining order. One of the judges says “no email, no Facebook, no chitty-chat, no nothing!” I’ve never seen a judge bar someone from writing *about* a person online, just not writing *to* them. Though now that I think about it, I’ve never seen anyone ask for that.

  • http://twitter.com/RockShrimp Willow

    yeah, half of the HIMYM cast is married to each other or dating… (Barney and Scooter, Lily and Sandy Rivers, Robin & That Dude who works with Barney/Marshall at GNB) or part of the Jossverse (Andrew as Coffee Shop Dude, Inara as Coffee Shop Girl, The Mayor as Ted’s new Dad, Fred as the Native-American-PhD student, Jonathan as the preacher’s douchey kid…)