A criminal court in New York has upheld a stalking charge against a man who contacted “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels on several occasions to discuss the show’s supposed use of the man’s “personal thoughts” and “sense of humor” without permission.

Noting the culture’s “heightened focus on the private lives of individuals who have achieved notoriety within their professions,” Criminal Court Judge Marc J. Whiten of Manhattan deemed it “irrelevant” whether Evans Pidhajecky intended to violate the prohibition against fourth-degree stalking.

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