Entertainer Usher is again seeking a restraining order against a stalker attempting to harass him and extort money, according to documents filed in Fulton County Superior Court.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, is asking the court to prevent Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw from stalking him while at home and on tour, as well as threatening him, the petition states. It’s the second time since 2012 that Usher has asked the court for protection from Jones-Rakestraw, who previously was arrested for showing up at the star’s home.
Jones-Rakestraw, 30, was being held late Friday in the Fulton County jail following a Dec. 6 arrest on a contempt of court charge, booking records showed. Her arrest came three days before Usher’s Atlanta concert at Philips Arena.
In June 2012, Jones-Rakestraw showed up twice at Usher’s Johns Creek home, where she was arrested for criminal trespassing and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the latest petition states. She was ordered to spend 20 days in the Fulton County jail.
Usher was granted a 12-month protective order against Jones-Rakestraw in July 2012. But by January 2014, she was allegedly harassing him again, leaving messages for his attorney. In November, Jones-Rakestraw left a message for attorney John Mayoue demanding that he return her call and that Usher send her money, court documents state.
“I drove to Chicago and I want him to Western Union me some money or either give me something to get to work and I’m not playing with him,” Jones-Rakestraw said in a message. “I’m tired of the games. If I can’t eat, he can’t eat.”
Jones-Rakestraw also allegedly told a member of Usher’s security team that she planned to follow him on tour and “get him” unless he gave her money, the court filing states. Usher recently finished a national tour, but will begin a European tour in February, according to his website.
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