The 41-year-old French Canadian actress accused of stalking and harassing Alec Baldwin was sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt yesterday after repeatedly heckling Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Judge Robert Mandelbaum also told the lawyer for Genevieve Sabourin, Todd Spodek, that he would be allowed to call producer Martin Bregman to the stand.
Bregman told the Daily News this week that Baldwin had lied on the stand when he both denied having had sex with Sabourin and described Sabourin as Bregman's mistress. Baldwin, 55, was seeking cover for "screwing two women," Bregman, 82, told the paper.
A friend of Baldwin's told amNewYork that "by (Sabourin's) testimony and Alec's, they only met once -- in February 2010, and he did not meet Hilaria until February 2011, so that did not happen."
Sabourin's lawyer said that Sabourin and Baldwin had earlier met in Montreal, had phone sex following a liaison in the Lowell Hotel in 2010 and emailed for more than a year. Sabourin did not intend to stalk or harass the "30 Rock" star, Spodek explained, but "was only seeking closure on the relationship."
Her outbursts in court were a result of feeling overwhelmed, Spodek said, after the "emotional whirlwind" of the dissolution of what she thought was a promising relationship, and then finding herself accused of a crime and facing prosecution in a foreign country. The events, in aggregate "had broken her down. We are hopeful the judge will reconsider the sanction," Spodek said.
Spodek said he expected the trial to wind up today. If convicted, Sabourin faces up to a year in prison on the stalking and harassment charges.