Judge extends restraining order against man who repeatedly visited Billie Eilish’s home

A judge has extended a restraining order taken out by Billie Eilish against a man who repeatedly visited her home in Los Angeles.

On one of the occasions, Prenell Rousseau sat on the porch and read a book.

Back in May, the 24-year-old from New York was banned from attempting to contact or coming within 100 yards (91m) of the 18-year-old pop star or her parents.

Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, sitting in Los Angeles on Thursday, has now agreed to extend this for another three years.

Rousseau appeared at the home Eilish shares with her parents seven times on 4 and 5 May before being arrested for trespassing.

On the first occasion, he rang the doorbell and asked Eilish’s father via a surveillance camera if she lived there.

He was told he had the wrong house but he returned later the same evening, prompting the family to call their private security service.

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In court documents, Eilish said: “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.”

The family was scared of Rousseau, partly because he did not wear a face mask or gloves while repeatedly touching the doorbell and doorknob.

Eilish was not at the court hearing in person, but her lawyer had asked for a five-year restraining order.

The judge opted for three years on hearing that Rousseau had not attempted to visit Eilish since those two days in May.

The order, which also prohibits Rousseau from harassing Eilish’s family or coming near her workplaces, could still be extended at a later date if necessary, the judge added.

Rousseau was not at the hearing and he was not represented by a lawyer.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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