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Estefan Acts Against Actor-Singer

March 29, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, obtained a permanent restraining order to keep a Venezuelan actor-singer away from them, their family, home, businesses and even their gym.

Juan Carlos Diaz, who faces trial for criminal trespass at the Estefans’ estate, did not challenge making a temporary order permanent and dropped his request for a stay-away order against the Estefans and their bodyguard.

``I agree with this because I don’t really want any relations with the Estefans,″ Diaz told Circuit Judge Mark King Leban on Thursday.

The Estefans did not attend the 15-minute hearing, and their attorney signed the order keeping Diaz at least 150 yards away on their behalf.

The judge banned contact with the Estefans in any way. The judge also barred Diaz from the Estefans’ property, their 7-year-old daughter’s school and the gym.

The judge also noted that a standard condition of such orders keeps Diaz from having any firearms.

``We got everything we wanted,″ Estefan attorney John Hogan said outside court.

Diaz, 33, initially accused Emilio Estefan of making unwelcome sexual advances toward him at the gym. The Estefans sued Diaz for defamation and accused Diaz of stalking them.

``We understand that as public figures, we are a target for people who have nothing to lose in their quest for fame and easy money,″ Emilio Estefan said in a statement issued Thursday. He called Diaz’s claims against him ``preposterous, slanderous and defamatory lies.″

Diaz faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted of trespassing at the Estefans’ home. Diaz was arrested after he entered the waterfront estate through a remote-controlled gate when an electrician was leaving on Jan. 7.