Councilman on Katie Holmes ‘thugs’: ‘We don’t allow people to be harassed in New York City’

Holmes at National Memorial Day, 2009. (Chad J. McNeeley, via Wikipedia)
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The people following actress Katie Holmes could be arrested for harassment, according to Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., chairman of the City Council's public safety committee.

"We don't allow people to be harassed in New York City and the NYPD should give serious consideration to the arresting and disarming of these thugs," Vallone said in a brief interview.

Vallone, a former prosecutor, said that the people who are reportedly monitoring the actress' movements in Manhattan while she's dealing with a divorce from actor Tom Cruise could be charged with harassment in the first and second degree, violating penal law 240.25 and 240.26

(240.25 deals with someone who "intentionally and repeatedly harasses another person by following such person in or about a public place"; 240.26 deals with someone who commits acts "which alarm or seriously annoy such other person and which serve no legitimate purpose.")

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The NYPD reportedly sent a squad car to Holmes' building in Chelsea yesterday in response to a neighbor's call, and took information on a white Cadillac filled with "beefy armed men" who were, according to the Post, "snapping pictures of people outside the building and demanding to know who they were."

A spokesperson for the department did not respond to a comment about whether the police have been contacted by Holmes herself, or whether there is anything else they can do about the reported harassment, which was reported by TMZ and then by the Daily News, the New York Post and many other outlets.

The Post cited multiple sources close to Holmes saying the actress fears she's being tailed by "goons" sent by the Church of Scientology.

A lawyer for the church has denied the organization's involvement.