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Actress Ellen Page target of Twitter death threats; LAPD on case

August 6, 2012 |  9:30 am

Los Angeles police detectives are investigating a series of death threats sent to actress Ellen Page on Twitter that coincided with calls to the L.A. Film Festival making similar pledges to kill the "Juno" star.

In one of the Tweets, the suspect declares, "I'm going to murder Ellen Page. She's dead," according to a search warrant affidavit reviewed by the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

LAPD Threat Management Unit detectives began investigating the messages in June, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said, but authorities would not elaborate on the details of the probe.

Detectives in the case sought a search a warrant to trace the Twitter accounts of the sender.

Page's management team, after learning of the threats, alerted Twitter and the police detectives who specialize in such threats.

According to the search warrant, in addition to the Twitter threats, organizers of the L.A. Film Festival also received threatening phone calls regarding Page. Her movie, "To Rome With Love," premiered at the festival in June.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the anonymous caller threatened to kill Page, who was nominated for a lead actress Oscar for her role in 2007's "Juno."


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