SALEM (CBS/AP) – A self-proclaimed witch went to battle with a self-proclaimed warlock in court in Salem, Massachusetts Wednesday.
Lori Sforza, 75, who goes by the business name Lori Bruno, claims 45-year-old Christian Day has been harassing her for three years. So, she filed for court-ordered protection from him.
Both appeared before Judge Robert Brennan in Salem District Court.
Sforza accused Day of repeatedly calling her late at night from a private number and swearing at her. She also claims he made malicious posts about her on social media and that’s affected her business in Salem.
The two have known each other for 27 years. Sforza said she was in business with Day back in 2009 and “treated him like a son.”
Day, the warlock, told reporters outside court he is the victim of a dispute with the witch over a contract for a television show.
“Essentially I was told by her that she had rented a store space several months before and that she was planning 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 said.
Sforza and two witnesses testified on her behalf.
At the end of the hearing, the judge approved the harassment order against Day, telling the warlock he cannot contact Sforza.
Day stood up and said “On everything that is holy I did not make those phone calls,” before storming out of court.
Salem, home of the 17th-century witch trials, has a tourism industry built around the occult that reaches fever pitch in October. The city is home to several witchcraft stores, museums dedicated to the trials and Halloween-themed attractions.
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