Billie Eilish has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of sending her death threats. John Matthews Hearle, 23, was served with the order Wednesday after sending the Grammy-winning singer, 19, threatening letters and making disconcerting hand gestures to her.
In her request for a protection order, Eilish alleges that Hearle camped outside a school across from the home she shares with her parents, NBC News reported.
"I no longer feel safe going outside my home and enjoying basic physical exercise in my neighborhood, as he could attempt to approach and hurt me," Eilish said in a statement. "Every time I see him I just want to scream."
Citing various incidents, Eilish claims Hearle once made a "throat slitting gesture" at her and also sent her a letter, writing, "You can’t get what you want, unless what you want is to die for me. You will die. What are you dying for?"
This is not the first time Eilish has been forced to get a restraining order against a fan. In June the "Ocean Eyes" hitmaker was granted a permanent restraining order against Prenell Rousseau, who would repeatedly show up on her doorstep and harass Eilish and her family.
In legal documents filed by the pop star, Eilish described one incident that left her shaken.
"While we waited for security, Mr. Rousseau remained on our porch, sat down and began to read a book, while also continuing to engage in a periodic monologue. My father repeatedly asked him to leave, but he refused," she said, per TMZ.
Rousseau was prohibited from coming within 100 yards of Eilish and her parents and barred from assaulting or harassing Eilish and her family.
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