LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says a man charged with stalking Paris Hilton must stand trial and called his actions toward the socialite scary.

Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers rejected arguments by suspect James Rainford’s attorney that his client posed a direct threat to Hilton.

The 36-year-old Rainford has been arrested twice outside Hilton’s homes. One incident came on July 4, when paparazzi alerted authorities he was outside the heiress’ beach house.

Rainford previously was convicted of battery against Hilton’s former boyfriend Cy Waits, who was hit outside a courthouse earlier this year.

Hilton did not appear in court. Four law enforcement officers testified about their interactions with Rainford after he was found outside the homes.

Rainford remains jailed and will return to court on Aug. 29 for arraignment.

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