Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante: I'm Being Stalked

Woman has been aggressively pursuing permission to write film about his life

August 9, 2011 4:40 PM ET
john frusciante stalker
John Frusciante
Greetsia Tent/WireImage

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has filed a request for a protective order from a female fan that he believes is stalking him.

According to Frusciante, a 32-year-old woman named August Elizabeth Thomas approached him last year hoping to secure rights to pen a screenplay based on his life. Though the guitarist declined, she persisted in seeking his approval with an aggressive campaign of rambling, "overly emotional" letters and emails. Thomas also showed up at several concerts to confront Frusciante about the script, and recently appeared twice at his home over the course of two days.

'The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
In his written request, Frusciante expressed a fear that she is "unstable" and "could snap at any moment." He added that since he and his wife Nicole Turley are both musicians and play at venues around the world, it could become hard to avoid Thomas if she was free to continue her harassment. Both Frusciante and Thomas are due in court later this month.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »