Shania Twain’s Alleged Stalker Interrupts Trial, Pleads Guilty Before Changing His Mind
The case against alleged Shania Twain stalker Giovanni Palumbo took an unexpected turn Thursday as Palumbo interrupted the proceedings to declare he would plead guilty. The outburst came after 90 minutes of testimony from the country singer.
“Eilleen, you can trust me,” the AP reports Palumbo said. “I’m going to plead guilty.” Eilleen Edwards is Twain’s real name. The former surgeon later had a change of heart and settled on his original plea of not guilty, meaning the trial will continue and he’ll be cross examined on Friday.
Twain testified via video about Palumbo’s repeated attempts to be near her despite a court order to stay away. She said he frequently made unwanted visits to her family cottage and visited her brother-in-law’s auto shop with supposed vehicle issues. “The manipulation scared me a bit,” Twain said.
CTVToronto.ca reports that Palumbo has had a restraining order against him since 2009 when he sent hundreds of love letters to the superstar. “I love you more than anything in the universe,” one reads. “I need you more than anyone else in the world because I love you more than anyone else in the world could love you.”
Twain has been married to Frederic Thiebaud since earlier this year.