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Sheryl Crow's temporary restraining order extended

Sheryl Crow
Image caption Crow recently revealed she had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumour

Singer Sheryl Crow has been granted a three-year restraining order against a man who acknowledged threatening to shoot her.

Phillip Gordon Sparks, 45, who also targeted Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein, agreed to stay 300 metres away from both celebrities.

During a court hearing he accused them of stealing $7.5m (£4.8m) from him.

A forensic psychiatrist called Sparks "imminently dangerous" and said his psychosis was directed at Crow.

Sparks accused the Grammy-winning singer and Weinstein of videotaping and following him without permission, and leaving him homeless.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Hahn ordered him to make no attempt to contact the pair.

Last month, Crow obtained a temporary restraining order after her team reviewed a series of online posts from Sparks, directed at the singer.

A worker at the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists also wrote in a declaration that she spoke to Sparks on 16 July, when he made the threat against Crow and Weinstein.

She claimed he said he would "just shoot" Crow.

She added that Sparks also threatened to shoot film executive Harvey Weinstein because he believed they were filming him and had stolen millions of dollars from him.

Neither Crow nor Weinstein attended the hearing, but Crow had written in a sworn statement that she was fearful of Sparks, who also claimed she had broken into his house.

Dr David Glaser told the hearing: "Mr Sparks is unambiguously delusional".

Crow, 50, has two sons, aged five and two, who are also covered by the order.

The singer-songwriter was recently diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and said she does not need surgery, although she will continue to have scans to monitor the growth.

Crow has previously had breast cancer, and received the all-clear in 2006 after undergoing radiation therapy.

Her biggest chart hits include All I Wanna Do, Everyday is a Winding Road and the James Bond theme Tomorrow Never Dies.

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