Hillary Shoe Thrower Obsessed With Theater Shooter James Holmes

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 12:33 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The woman who tossed a sneaker at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech is the same person who was escorted from a courtroom who declared her obsession to Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes in 2012.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, Ariz., was released from a Las Vegas jail Friday,  a day after she pulled a shoe from a bag and threw it at Clinton's head while she was making a speech.

The former first lady was able to duck the throw and even make a joke about it. Ernst was charged with disorderly conduct.

Colorado officials confirmed Friday that Ernst is the same woman who was escorted from the courtroom when she showed up during an August 2012 hearing for Holmes' murder case, the New York Daily News reported.

When she pitched the shoe at Clinton on Thursday, Ernst was wearing a long blonde wig, but in court in 2012, she arrived with her head shaved, and declared she had evidence "vital to the defense of James Holmes," before deputies escorted her out.

After she showed up for Holmes' hearing, she filed a lawsuit that declared her devotion to Holmes, saying she was obsessed with him and wanted a restraining order against the admitted mass shooter, who left 12 people dead and wounded 70 in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater in an attack during the the showing of a "Batman" movie.

“James enters my head like Dennis Quaid in ‘Innerspace’ and he zooms to my heart and plays with it and forces me to care for him," Ernst said in her federal lawsuit. "I seek a restraining order to stop Holmes from entering my mind through subliminal messaging and causing me to be obsessed with him on a daily basis."

The footwear attack on Clinton happened during her speech Thursday at the Mandalay Bay casino resort, where she was speaking to 1,000 representatives from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

According to police reports, Ernst was able to sneak past security and walk toward the front of the crowd, from where she threw the shoe.

Before police led her from the room, Ernst also threw a declassified 1967 Defense Department document.

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