Harvey Weinstein: “Sheryl Crow’s stalker threatened to shoot me”
Film producer Harvey Weinstein claims that the delusional, homeless man who threatened to hurt singer Sheryl Crow has also threatened to “shoot” him — leading Weinstein to fear for his life.
According court docs obtained by media outlet TMZ, Harvey Weinstein has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man named Phil Sparks — a homeless man who believes the film producer and the singer joined forces to wreak havoc in his life.
In the legal docs filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, 60-year-old Weinstein claims he’s never met Phil Sparks, but says that the man believes he and country rock singer Crow “robbed” him, blacklisted him from Hollywood, spied on him and even tried to cover up the murder of publicist Ronni Chasen.
Harvey Weinstein claims all the allegations of Sparks are nothing but false, but says that the homeless man is eager to have his revenge, calling up the Screen Actors Guild in July and threatened to “just shoot” him and Sheryl Crow.
The film producer believes that Phil Sparks has been tracking him down and is even “aware of some of my personal activities that I did not publicize” — which includes including shopping duties with his daughter and wife.
In the legal docs, Harvey Weinstein also stated that he hired a private investigator to evaluate Sparks, and is now convinced he’s a serious threat.
Weinstein told the judge, “Unless the court issues the restraining order against Mr. Sparks … I am greatly concerned that Mr. Sparks may physically harm me, my family members, close friends, agents, and representatives.”
As previous reports have stated, Sheryl Crow filed similar docs, claiming Phil Sparks threatened to shoot her for being involved in the alleged conspiracy to ruin him. She also denied such claims.
Just like in Crow’s case, the judge believes there is a real and serious threat to the film producer’s safety. Therefore, the judge granted his and Crow’s restraining order requests against Phil Sparks, requiring the homeless man to stay 300 yards away from both of them for the next three years.
Harvey Weinstein is best known as co-founder of Miramax Films. Since 2005, he and his brother Bob have been co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, their film production company. Harvey won an Academy Award for producing “Shakespeare in Love,” and also amassed seven Tony Awards for producing a variety of winning plays and musicals, including “Billy Elliot the Musical,” “The Producers” and “August: Osage County.”