Deana Carter has filed a Texas lawsuit against William Arthur Bukaskas for stalking. According to the “Strawberry Wine” singer, the defendant stalked her at church, at live performances, and through e-mail.
Carter’s complaint cited harassment, embarrassment, and annoyance, which “seriously jeopardize[d]” her career in 2013. According to the complaint,
Defendant’s initial contact with plaintiff began as that of an overzealous fan. However, his persistent, unauthorized, unwelcome, and uninvited actions have quickly become much more than fandom. Recently, Mr. Bukauskas began communication with event venues under the false pretense of representing Ms. Carter’s professional interest in an attempt to procure private performances by Ms. Carter.
The lawsuit also claimed that Bukauskas contacted Carter’s family members and business associates, demanding information about her tour schedule and alleging increasingly aggressive behavior in attempts to gain access to the artist. The lawsuit further states:
Ms. Carter had been hopeful the conduct of defendant would cease or at least become less threatening to her, however, the conduct has escalated and has now reached a level which involves her minor child and her family. She can no longer hope that his conduct will cease without court intervention.
The lawsuit requests injunctive relief and a temporary restraining order.