Los Angeles Superior Court has granted Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures a temporary restraining order barring a “professional gate-crasher” from premieres and advance screenings of their films.The accused, Stephanie Miller, did not appear at the hearing Thursday. The studios filed a complaint alleging that Miller has engaged in an “escalating pattern of disruption” at their screenings. Most recently, Miller called the police to a screening of “Last Action Hero,” after she was denied entrance, according to the filing. Miller claimed a studio employee took her tickets, the suit said, and executives were treated to the spectacle of four squad cars and eight police officers at the screening. Miller also called TriStar chairman Mike Medavoy to complain about her treatment, the suit said, and she allegedly has become more aggressive and abusive over the last several weeks, causing the studio to hire extra security. Miller used to leave quietly when caught, but recently began screaming and was abusive, the filing states. In the past Miller has allegedly glanced at a guest list and then claimed to be someone on the list; tried to blend into a group entering a screening; and tried to sneak in a side entrance. The injunction bars Miller from non-public screenings of the studios’ films, and orders her to stay at least 100 yards away from the studios in Burbank, sources said. The suit also seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
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