From the files of ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” – comes a tale of a psychic Salem ‘Witch Priestess’ who wins a protective order against the ‘world’s best-known Warlock’!
A judge granted a protective order against a warlock on Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of constant harassment.
The two faced off in court before a Salem District Court judge, who granted the protective order to witch priestess Lori Sforza. She had accused self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day of harassing her over the phone and on social media over the past three years.
During testimony that at times became very emotional, Sforza accused Day of making incessant phone calls and humiliating her on Facebook. Day’s lawyer countered that the dispute stems from a onetime business partnership that fell apart. Day and Sforza both run occult shops in Salem.
According to WBZ-TV, Sforza said she has known Day for 27 years and was a business partner with him in 2009, adding that she “treated him like a son.” Outside the courthouse, Day told reporters that trouble started in 2012 when Sforza split to open her own business.
Also during the hearing, Sforza reportedly told the judge that she can see into her own future, saying, “That’s why I’m here today.” Sforza, uses the business name Lori Bruno on her website, as a clairvoyant. She claims to be a descendant of Italian witches who healed victims of the bubonic plague. She is also the founder of Our Lord and Lady Of The Trinacrian Rose, a pagan church in Salem.
The 75-year-old accused Day of repeatedly calling her late at night from a private number and swearing at her, said Fiore Porreca, an attorney representing her. Sforza also alleged Day made malicious posts about her on social media.
‘She’s being abused, intimidated and harassed,’
Porreca said the harassment has hurt his client’s business.
Sforza told Salem Patch:
‘When someone calls you the C word, you have to stand up for yourself.
‘Some people say that when he calls you the C word, you’ve made it, but that’s not right.’
CBS Boston wrote Wednesday that Judge Robert Brennan in Salem District Court ‘approved the harassment order against Day, telling the warlock he cannot contact Sforza.’ The judge hearing the case said he was dismayed by the volume of late-night calls Day made to Sforza.
After hearing the decision, Day, who didn’t testify, denied making the calls and then stormed out of the courthouse,
Day was filmed telling reporters Wednesday. ‘
‘I didn’t do any of these things, the only things that I did do that she wrote down in her affidavit are things that are free speech.
‘If free speech goes away, well what happens to the journalists? Do you go away next?
‘Do I not have a right to criticize someone on Facebook for publicly promoted information?
‘We are both public figures. Both of us have been on the cover of The Wall Street Journal.’
A TV show contract could be at the heart of their disagreement,
‘This is a business dispute gone wrong. That’s all it was,’ Day said. ‘They don’t want me to make snide remarks on Facebook; I won’t make snide remarks on Facebook.’
The television station filmed Day telling reporters:
‘Essentially I was told by her that she had rented a store space several months before and that she was to open this space, but she wanted to continue to work the rest of the month of October and I told her ‘no’ and things got ugly and bad language was used, but this was in October 2012.’
Day told reporters he would appeal the order.
‘I’m going to fight this every step of the way because it’s unjust,’
Day, 45, who now lives in Louisiana, owns occult shops in Salem and New Orleans. Described on his website as the “world’s best-known warlock,” he organizes the Festival of the Dead in Salem, a series of occult-themed events every October that culminates in a Witches’ Halloween Ball.
The pair actually made headlines in 2011 when they cast spells together to try to heal actor Charlie Sheen, who had called himself a ‘Vatican assassin warlock’ during an interview on national television.
Fox 25 News: Charlie Sheen offends Salem warlocks
Salem, home of the 17th-century witch trials, has a tourism industry built around the occult that reaches fever pitch in October, drawing thousands of visitors.
Via Wikipedia.com: The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them women, and most by hanging. 12 other women had previously been executed in Massachusetts and Connecticut during the 17th century. Despite being generally known as the Salem witch trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in several towns: Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich and Andover. The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town.
The episode is one of the nation’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process. It was not unique, but simply an American example of the much broader phenomenon of witch trials in the Early Modern period. Many historians consider the lasting effects of the trials to have been highly influential in subsequent United States history. According to historian George Lincoln Burr, “the Salem witchcraft was the rock on which the theocracy shattered”