Tyra in court for 'stalker' case

By Press Association

Apr 27, 2009

The host of America's Next Top Model, is to testify in a New York courtroom where Brady Green goes on trial on charges of stalking her.

Green is accused of following Banks from coast to coast since January of last year. He was arrested in a McDonald's near the Manhattan building where The Tyra Banks Show is taped after he tried to see her on March 18, 2008.

Green told police them: "I know her. She knows me. We're good friends."

He said he "came by bus (from Los Angeles) to see her".

"We had a thing together," court papers quote Green as telling police. "I sent her flowers. I sent her cards. Should I plead no contest? I've got satellites watching me and recording us."

Tyra, 35, has to appear in court to testify she was alarmed and feared for her physical safety. This emotional distress is an element of the criminal charges against Green.

Green, 38, has pleaded not guilty to stalking, harassment and criminal trespass. He faces up to 90 days in jail if convicted by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke, who is hearing the case without a jury.

Green has rejected several non-jail plea deals offered by the prosecution. If he had accepted the plea offers, Tyra's testimony would not have been necessary and he would not have seen her in court.

Burke scheduled the start of Green's trial after a hearing in which he ruled that most statements the defendant made to police could be used as trial evidence.

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