NEW YORK (AP) — She was meeting a movie star for dinner, and the woman accused of stalking Alec Baldwin said Wednesday it quickly shaped up like a dream date.
He picked her up at the posh hotel where he'd helped her secure a room, had a hired car drive them slowly through Central Park and then surprised her with tickets to a Broadway show on a February Friday in 2010, Genevieve Sabourin told the court where she's on trial.
"I was very charmed ... I'm having a fantastic date on Valentine's (Day weekend) with a guy who is single," the Canadian actress recalled in testimony that came after a judge ordered her to spend 30 days in jail for repeated outbursts.
After days of peppering the proceedings with gasps, sobs and remarks from the defense table, Sabourin got her turn on the witness stand a day after Baldwin testified.
The "30 Rock" star said he had dinner with Sabourin to give her acting advice, at "Scarface" producer Martin Bregman's request, and never took her to the theater. Baldwin, 55, said Sabourin then conducted a campaign of harassment that escalated from an onslaught of phone calls and emails to showing up uninvited at his New York and Hamptons homes.
"It was nightmarish," he testified.
But Sabourin says what Baldwin calls stalking was only the denouement of a sexual relationship — a claim Baldwin strenuously denies.
Sabourin said Baldwin was "very flirtatious" from their first meeting in 2000, during the Montreal filming of the Bregman-produced sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash." He had a cameo, she was a publicist.
Sabourin said she left him a message about having lunch in 2006 but didn't hear from him until early 2010, when Bregman arranged for Baldwin to call her as she sought advice about getting work on "30 Rock."
Baldwin soon was phoning her every day, always from phones that displayed as private numbers, Sabourin said. Then, she said, he invited her to New York, planning dinners and days at his home in the Hamptons.
She paid for her plane ticket and hotel room. "I wanted to keep my distance," she said.
Sabourin has said their dinner date ended in sex, but she hadn't yet addressed that in testimony that was to continue Wednesday afternoon.
While the trial continues, she'll spend nights in jail. Earlier Wednesday, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum followed through on warnings that Sabourin might be found in contempt if she didn't stay quiet during the proceedings.
Sabourin responded by recounting the strain of the trial, saying she was "totally exhausted, humiliated, beat up, destroyed, alone."
Meanwhile, Bregman became something of an issue in the case.
Baldwin testified that Sabourin was Bregman's mistress. The married Bregman, however, later said by phone that he "never had an affair with her." Sabourin also says she and Bregman weren't romantically involved.
Bregman told The Associated Press he thought Baldwin had found Sabourin attractive, but "I don't know if anything happened between the two of them."
Prosecutors included Bregman on their list of potential witnesses but didn't call him because he indicated he had little to say about the matter, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Zachary Stendig said.
But Mandelbaum, who is hearing the case without a jury, decided he could legally infer that Bregman's testimony wouldn't have favored the prosecution.
Bregman isn't expected to testify for the defense, either.
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