Shania Twain Stalker Trial Interrupted by Dramatic Courtroom Outburst
TORONTO -- Canadian songstress Shania Twain on Thursday told a crowded Toronto courtroom she was saddened by love letters she received from an accused stalker, former Ottawa doctor John Palumbo.
“It makes me feel uncomfortable and it makes me also feel a little bit sad and just a bit awkward,” Twain said via video link on the first day of Palumbo’s criminal trial, according to a Globe and Mail newspaper account.
And once her testimony was concluded, Palumbo without warning reportedly stood up in the prisoner’s box and stunned observers by declaring his apparent guilt.
“Eileen, you can trust me, I'm going to plead guilty,” Palumbo said in his courtroom outburst, using Twain’s real first name.
The ex-doctor, who was arrested at the recent Juno Awards in Toronto where Twain was on hand to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, then turned to the court judge.
“I've been offended too much, your honor,” he reportedly told the presiding judge.
The court went into recess after Palumbo’s interruption.