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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Who is Dawnette Knight?

"Extra" has learned that Dawnette Knight, the woman accused of stalking and threatening Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, took un-prescribed sleeping pills and was taken from her cell to the jail's emergency room, Wednesday night.

Today, we reveal more details about the woman accused of making some of the most horrific threats Hollywood has ever heard, including a chance meeting with Michael Douglas, and the secrets she knew about his his life.

Knight's fiancÚ, Ronald Calvin, confirmed to us that the accused stalker is from Florida. The 32-year-old woman spent some time in the army and briefly attended the University of Tennessee. She even talked about wanting to become a child psychologist.

Calvin claims that Dawnette has been face to face with Michael Douglas before. They reportedly met at a party in South Beach back in 2002. "Michael Douglas is Michael Douglas," Calvin told us. "He's a movie star, a very charismatic guy and she was taken back by his status.

Calvin also stated that Knight, "Took it upon herself to reprimand Catherine Zeta-Jones with these ridiculous letters."

Wednesday, a visibly shaken Zeta-Jones took the stand for three hours, reading the grizzly threats made against her in the letters Knight wrote.

"Celebrity Justice's" Omar Lugones was inside the courtroom and told us that when not testifying, Zeta-Jones stared at Knight, who was handcuffed to a chair.

"Dawnette avoided her glance at all costs. Dawnette would not reciprocate the stares, but Catherine remained determined, seemingly determined to stare at her and look at her in the eye," Lugones said.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones left the LA courthouse in separate cars after testifying about more intimate chilling details, including letters that contained the name of the Douglas' nanny, as well as descriptions of the inside of their Los Angeles residence.

"My client was infatuated," said Knight's lawyer, Richard Herman. So much so, in fact, that she's now behind bars, charged with stalking and 25 counts of making criminal threats.

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