A little-known Canadian actress has denied stalking 30 Rock star Alex Baldwin, with her lawyer saying she had "legitimate" reasons to try to contact him.
"My client had a legitimate purpose within the meaning of the law for her efforts to contact Mr Baldwin,'' attorney Maurice Sercarz said after a brief pretrial court hearing attended by the accused, Genevieve Sabourin, in New York.
"My client didn't harass anyone, my client is not guilty of stalking,'' Sercarz added.
Sabourin called the affair a "misunderstanding".
She and Baldwin, a major presence on US television screens through the successful 30 Rock series, met in 2002 on the set of the Eddie Murphy film The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
Sabourin was arrested April 8 following a complaint by Baldwin, who said she was harassing him with emails, asking him to marry her and turning up at his Greenwich Village apartment in Manhattan.
Sercarz would not explain "the nature of the relationship'' on Monday.
Baldwin was not present at the court hearing and is expected at the Cannes Film Festival in France.