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Wednesday 29 January 2003
 
Britney stalker says he didn't
 
Britney Spears Britney Spears didn't understand why a Japanese man was following her - and he has claimed that he didn't mean to upset her.
 
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Britney Spears "misunderstood" a Japanese fan who she says stalked her, it's been claimed in court.
The pop princess asked for a court order stopping Masahiko Shizawa from coming near her, saying he "tracked and attempted to contact" her at her home in Los Angeles.

But his legal team said it was all down to "cultural" differences and Mr Shizawa had never meant to upset her.
He had no intention of harming her, and is an important businessman in Japan, the LA court heard.
But Britney, 21, says he called her at two of her homes, and even tried to contact her at her parents' house. She also says he sent her a note saying: "I'm chasing you."

Britney is taking a six-month break from music to get some rest. She recently split from pop star Justin Timberlake and had to cope with her parents' divorce.
 
 
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stalked
 
if you stalk someone, you walk quietly close behind them
 
tracked
 
if you track someone, you find them by following signs they have left
 
meant
 
he was never serious about upsetting her
 
upset
 
made her feel worried
 
harming
 
injuring
 
called
 
phoned
 
break
 
gap
 
split
 
decided not to remain together with
 
cope with
 
if you cope with something unpleasant you accept it
 
divorce
 
the ending of a marriage
 
 
 
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