Broadway actress Deborah Gibson had more that one beast to worry about on Sunday, May 24. After her usual evening performance at the Palace Theatre, the Beauty and the Beast star emerged from the stage door to be confronted by Michael Falkner, a fan she said had been harassing her with letters, e-mail messages, and phone calls. Gibson called the police and Falkner was quickly arrested and charged with aggravated harassment. Falkner, a native of Eau Claire, WI, is a long-time member of D.G.I.F, Gibson's fan club. According to court papers, Falkner, 28, sent Gibson more than 50 e-mails in the past six months, saying if she "didn't change her image, he would hold her accountable." In recent months, Gibson has adopted a more adult approach to her career -- including a name change from Debbie to Deborah -- in an effort to broaden her appeal. Falkner was unable to post the $2,500 bail and was returned to jail.
Gibson, who plays Belle in Beauty and the Beast, began her career in the 80's as a pop singer with such teen hits as "Foolish Beat" and "Lost in Your Eyes." Lately, she has been turning more and more to theatre for her work. Her other stage credits include Les Miserables and Grease!.
David Salidor, Gibson's press agent, did not return a phone call.