A man that broke into Sandra Bullock’s home and was clutching a 2-page love-letter addressed to the actress when the police arrested him while Ms. Bullock was hiding in a closet will now face stalking and illegal possession of assault weapons charges.
Prosecution showed that Joshua James Corbett, 39, stalked Ms. Bullock several times before intruding her home. Judge Terry A. Bork from the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled Thursday that according to a 911 call made by the panicked actress Corbett was a danger to society.
The disturbing call was played in court Thursday on a preliminary hearing. Everybody could hear a heavily-breathing Bullock telling the dispatcher that her bedroom had a safety door and she was locked in her closet.
The police reported that the intruder was holding a black notebook, a 2-page love letter, and a series of photos of the actress cutout from various magazines when they managed to arrest him.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I love you Sandy,’ “
Officer Jose Bermudez from the Los Angeles Police Department testified Thursday.
But one of Corbett’s attorneys unsuccessfully tried to throw out the burglary and stalking charges by arguing that Corbett was delusional and thought that he was actually married to Ms. Bullock so he tried to deliver her a love letter.
Attorney Paul Takakjian argued that the love letter did not contain any threats or disturbing issues and nothing was pointing out that the man wanted to harm her. Instead it was filled only with “love and admiration” for the actress. Mr. Takakjian concluded that people are trying to make more of the case than there really is.
But prosecution argued that Corbett stalked the actress three nights in a row as he was seen outside her house before breaking into the home in the middle of the night.
Wendy Segall, the Deputy District Attorney, said that the man stalked the actress “repeatedly and maliciously” and that there wasn’t a more obvious stalking case than that one.
Prosecution also said that several drawings in the notebook and photos of the actress dressed in sheer clothing with deep cleavage pointed out that the man was also sexually motivated.
Judge Bork read from the notebook several entries that confirmed prosecution’s inference. In one entry, Corbett described Ms. Bullock as “hot,” “lithesome,” “intelligent” and “taut,” while in other entry he used sexual profanities.
As a result, the judge concluded that there was more than just a desire for a misplaced “connubial bliss” involved.
Corbett also faces charges of illegal possession of assault weapons as the police found tracer ammunition, machine guns, and other assault weapons during a search at his home. However, he was not armed when he was arrested at the actress’ home.
Ms. Bullock didn’t testify Thursday, but many others did, including several police officers who arrested the man at her home and a LAPD weapon expert who testified on the machine guns found at the defendant’s home.
Corbett pleaded not guilty to all charges and will return to the courthouse April 23 to face 26 felony counts.
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