Jennifer Lopez granted restraining order against alleged ‘violent stalker’

Jennifer Lopez has been granted a temporary restraining order against an alleged ‘violent stalker’ whose ‘obsessive’ behaviour has apparently left her fearful for her own safety.

Jennifer Lopez filed court documents seeking a restraining order against her alleged stalker on Wednesday (Copyright: Getty/Ethan Miller)

The former American Idol judge, 47, filed court documents in the LA Superior Court on Wednesday, seeking a restraining order against Timothy McLanahan, who has allegedly bombarded the star with unsolicited letters and flowers, and has been arrested for trespassing on her property in the past.

The singer also alleged that her ‘stalker’, who she claims has a history of violence, once followed her all the way from her home in Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and regularly shows up at her headlining ‘All I Have’ residency shows on the Strip.

Jennifer Lopez spotted out and about in Manhattan on May 16, 2016 in New York City (Copyright: Getty/Josiah Kamau)

A further statement from JLo’s bodyguard included in the documents claims that McLanahan is a ‘transient’ who has previously been arrested for firearms violations and threats.

According to TMZ, Lopez requested the restraining order because she was concerned for her own safety, as well as the wellbeing of her twins – eight-year-old’s Max and Emme.

Jennifer Lopez has two twin children with ex-husband Marc Anthony (Copyright: Instagram/JLo)

A judge reviewing the case granted her request, stating that McLanahan must now stay 100 yards away from the pop star and her family at all times.