If it looks for a Duff, and repeatedly tries to contact a Duff…It just might be a stalker.
An 18-year-old Russian immigrant arrested for threatening Hilary Duff was sentenced Friday to 117 days in Los Angeles County Jail and five years probations after pleading no contest to a felony stalking charge.
Police picked up Maksim Myaskovskiy in November after a private investigator from the security firm Duff uses for protection said that the teenager had threatened to kill the starlet at an industry event. The accused originally pleaded innocent, but he remained in custody, unable to come up with $1 million for bail.
In October, Duff and then boyfriend Joel Madden obtained 100-yard restraining orders against Myaskovskiy and his roommate, paparazzo David Joseph Klein, accusing the younger man of being obsessed with the Lizzie Maguire star and his older pal of trying to approach Duff and her beau on his behalf.
According to the ex-couple’s complaint, Myaskovskiy traveled to the U.S. two years ago solely for the purpose of making contact with Duff. Court documents also alleged that Myaskovskiy had become obsessed with the A Cinderella Story heroine and was intending to buy a gun in order to commit dramatic acts to get her attention.
The order of protection against Klein was dropped last month after the photog–saying that his role in the situation was misunderstood and that he had tried to get Myaskovskiy, who he actually didn’t know very well, to seek counseling–issued an apology to Duff and Madden, promised to not contact either of them again and agreed to cooperate with the rest of the investigation.
Also not communicating these days are Duff and Madden, who went their separate ways in November. The 27-year-old Good Charlotte frontman has reportedly rebounded with Nicole Richie, and he and his bandmates have a new album, Good Morning Revival, due out Mar. 20.
Up next for Duff, 19, is the animated messfest Foodfight!, in which she voices the cheerily named Sunshine Goodness, and the international intrigue dark comedy Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens with John Cusack, Ben Kingsley and Marisa Tomei.