After a New Jersey judge placed a no-contact order on the man Rosie O'Donnell's daughter stayed with for over a week, the young teenager reportedly showed up in court to defend him, resulting in the order being successfully lifted.
People reports that a judge had previously enforced a no-contact order on Steven Sheerer, a 25-year-old man convicted of heroin possession. O'Donnell's 18-year-old daughter Chelsea went missing for a week in August, but was found staying with Sheerer. Although she indicated to authorities she wanted to continue to stay with him, she was ordered to go back home. Yet, in a strange turn of events, Chelsea pleaded with a judge to lift the restraining order on Friday.
The no-contact order was originally enforced after police found a nude photo of Sheerer on Chelsea's phone, resulting in an arrest warrant for Sheerer for endangering the welfare of a child and communication of obscenity. However, Chelsea was still 17 when the no-contact order was enforced, but she recently turned 18, and according to a Sheerer's attorney, Robert Tarver, she never wanted the no-contact order, and in turn, asked to speak up for Sheerer at his bail hearing.
"She (Chelsea) never wanted any of this to happen – it was all Rosie's doing."According to an undisclosed source, Chelsea managed to have the no-contact order lifted after speaking to the judge on Sheerer's behalf.
"She basically articulated her desire to have contact with Steven and asked that the no contact order be removed because she was over 18 and that he was not a danger to her. She clearly wants to be his girlfriend."
O'Donnell's primary concern is that her daughter, who lives with a mental illness and had stopped taking her medication, may not be able to make the best choices for herself. O'Donnell's representative, Cindi Berger, indicated last month that the distraught O'Donnell was clearly concerned for her daughter's well-being.
"Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe."Regardless, Berger stated that when Chelsea turned 18, she moved from her worried mother's home and relocated to Wisconsin where her birth mother lives. O'Donnell adopted Chelsea when she was an infant.
"Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice."In light of all of the issues surrounding her daughter, Rosie O'Donnell took to Twitter on Friday to share a video she watches when she feels "she can't go on."
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