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‘Real Housewives’ Star Says She’s Being Stalked

MARIETTA, Ga. (CN) - Former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield sought a protective order against an Internet blogger she claims is stalking her.

Whitfield filed a "Petition for Stalking Temporary Protective Order" against Tamara Kay Brawner, in Cobb County Superior Court.

She claims Brawner harasses and stalks her, showing up at the construction site of her home, snapping photos and blogging about it all.

Whitfield was one of the original cast members of Bravo Network's "Real Housewives of Atlanta."

According to her complaint: "In October 2011 the respondent commenced an online blog about the petitioner's home titled 'Chateau Sheree,' giving the online world a play-by-play of the construction progress of the petitioner's home. The respondent then commenced additional online blogs regarding the petitioner's legal proceedings, the petitioner's business label, and delays in the petitioner's home construction, the demise of the petitioner's reality television career, and other disparaging remarks."

(Though an Internet search this week failed to find a blog called "Chateau Sheree," a Wordpress blog called Tamara Tattles, a celebrity gossip website, included several posts referring to Whitfield's new home. Clicking the hyperlink Sheree Whitfield at the blog revealed at least four postings under the heading "Chateau Sheree," concerning the construction of Whitfield's home.)

Whitfield claims Brawner is stalking her, which is illegal in Georgia.

According to O.C.G.A. 16-5-90: "A person commits the offense of stalking when he or she follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing, and intimidating the other person."

Whitfield says in her complaint: "Between October 2011 and February 2013, the respondent came onto the petitioner's property and took pictures which the respondent subsequently posted to her online blog. On 2/18/2013 the respondent gained access into the petitioner's home, without the petitioner's consent. The respondent collected photographs of the petitioner's home and has also posted a detailed narrative of the floor-plan of the interior of the petitioner's home."

Whitfield claims Brawner described the interior of her home in a blog posted on Feb. 18.

"On other occasions, respondent spied on me without my consent in order to harass or intimidate me and respondent transferred information about to others without my consent knowing that they could harass or intimidate me with it and similar events may occur in the future," the petition states.

"These acts had no legitimate purposes, happened at places other than the residence of the respondent, were without the consent of the petitioner and placed petitioner in reasonable fear for her own safety and/or the safety of her immediate family."

Whitfield asks the court to order Brawner to stop harassing her, to not have any direct or indirect contact with her or her family, and wants a hearing.

In response to an email sent to the address listed at the Tamara Tattles blog, Courthouse News received a reply from Ashleigh Merchant, who said she is Brawner's attorney.

"We believe this order to be completely baseless and look forward to defending against it and, ultimately, having the entire action dismissed at the upcoming hearing in the matter," the email states. "There has been no 'stalking' or any illegal conduct on behalf of my client and we believe that will be more than evident when my client has her day in court."

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