Gunman ordered to stay away from Tom Cruise

December 12, 2008 5:19:56 AM PST
An Iraq war veteran who waved a gun and an American flag on a Highway 101 overpass and stopped traffic for hours in Santa Barbara last month has been ordered to stay away from Tom Cruise. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Authorities say 28-year-old Edward Van Tassel has appeared at Cruise's Beverly Hills home three times with hopes of delivering a letter.

The order came at a hearing where prosecutors were trying to have Van Tassel's bail revoked for leaving a veterans facility where the judge believed he would be locked in.

A private investigator who works for Cruise said Van Tassel was in a different veterans facility than the judge had expected, one where he could leave freely. The judge didn't immediately rule on revoking bail.

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