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Bristol Palin's Stalker, Michael Cummings, Slapped With Temporary Restraining Order

01/03/2013 10:37 am ET | Updated Jan 03, 2013

Bristol Palin has obtained a temporary restraining order against a 39-year-old Texan man for allegedly stalking her.

TMZ reports that the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was granted temporary protection from Michael Cummings, who, according to court documents, sent her an engagement ring in the mail with the note "I (heart) you." Cummings also allegedly showed up to a birthday party Bristol held for son Tripp at her mother's house on Dec. 27.

A court hearing set for later this month will determine whether the restraining order will be made permanent. The website points out that Cummings' own mother had called the police in Bristol's town to warn them about a visit from her "unstable" son.

Bristol appeared as a contestant on Season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2010, and again last fall on "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars." In October, the show received a suspicious package aimed at Bristol. It included white powder (later determined to be harmless) and a note that read, "This is what will happen to you if Bristol says [on the show]."

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