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Judge Admonishes Woman Alleged to Have Stalked Coldplay Frontman

The lead singer of the band Coldplay was in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday in a bid to get a judge to extend a stay-away order against a woman he alleges has been stalking him.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis did not immediately rule on singer Chris Martin's request. The judge warned Ariana Joyce that when the hearing resumes next month, she should be prepared to ask Martin relevant questions.

"I believe you have not well-phrased your questions," the judge told Joyce.

Lewis also repeatedly told her to stop interrupting him. Joyce apologized, saying she cannot afford an attorney. She said she had a right to be in the area of Martin's Malibu home, calling it one of her favorite spots because it was close to where her father died.

The current order directing Joyce to remain at least 100 yards from Martin will remain in effect until May 7, when the singer's testimony will resume. Martin, 42, told the judge he is traveling to London on business and could not be back before early May.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Lewis will decide whether to extend the stay-away order, which is usually done in three- or five-year increments -- and for how long.

The Coldplay frontman alleges that Joyce has left notes at his Malibu residence that allude to death and suicide, as well as to his daughter Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12, whose mother is Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

Martin also alleges that Joyce's letters include delusions about a romantic relationship with the musician, and that she also placed a package inside his gate despite being warned by security to keep away.

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