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Alleged Paris Hilton stalker charged

July 15, 2011 | 11:56 am

Credit: Paris Hilton and Cy Waits in May. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images A man was charged Friday with stalking Paris Hilton after an attack on her then-boyfriend in April and his recent arrest outside the heiress' Malibu home.

James Brian Rainford, 36, already faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a court order that requires him to stay away from Hilton.

Prosecutors have now added two counts of felony stalking and three misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

Rainford is due in a downtown court Friday for arraignment. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of all charges.

He was arrested July 4 by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies after being caught looking into Hilton's home in the 21000 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

Rainford also attacked Hilton's then-boyfriend, Cy Waits in April before Waits and Hilton entered a Van Nuys courthouse to testify in a residential burglary case.

Rainford has already pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge and was found to be in violation of his probation from a case involving an earlier run-in with a Hilton bodyguard.

He was immediately sentenced to 227 days in jail and three years probation. He was released from jail May 20.

He was ordered last October to stay away from Hilton and Waits.


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Photo: Paris Hilton and Cy Waits in May. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images