A woman from Australia who allegedly stalking American Idol 3 runner up Diana DeGarmo pleaded guilty today to blackmail and stalking. According to reports, 20-year-old Tanya Maree Quattrocchi tried to extort the 19-year-old singer, telling DeGarmo she’d leave her alone for $15,000 to $25,000. 

  

DeGarmo told The Age, a newspaper in Australia, that Quattrocchi’s actions were “sadistic cruelty” and that she had begged the woman to stop “trying to ruin my life.” DeGarmo said Quattrocchi “terrorized her” for five months earlier this year by calling her cell phone 369 times and sent her 570 text messages, which DeGarmo is quoted as calling a “text message war.” 

  

DeGarmo first met Quattrocchi when she accepted her as a friend on myspace.com, thinking she was a teenager from Minnesota. Quattrocchi then was able to get DeGarmo’s personal information and posed as the singer, getting two unreleased songs from DeGarmo’s producer and threatening to release them if DeGarmo didn’t meet her online. DeGarmo says she and her friends begged Quattrocchi to stop. 

  

“No matter how many times I changed my passwords or tried to keep my information safe, she would always break back in,” DeGarmo told The Age.

  

In May, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents recorded a conversation between DeGarmo and Quattrocchi, and Quattrocchi was arrested in June.

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