Lori Sforza, a pagan witch and shop owner operating out of Salem, Massachusetts, first met Christian Day, a practicing warlock, 27 years go and the two developed a close, friendly bond.
In 2011, the pair were hired to do extensive spiritual work for a troubled Charlie Sheen. Together, Sforza and Day cast a series of spells on Sheen in an attempt to heal and free the actor from his duties as an "assassin warlock" for the Vatican.
The effectiveness of Sforza and Day's magic is impossible to measure, but apparently things fell apart between the two after their collaboration. According to a petition for a restraining order filed by Sforza, Day has been harassing her over the internet and on the phone for the past three years.
Sforza, who also founded Our Lord and Lady Of The Trinacrian Rose, a local Pagan church, purports to come from a long line of Italian witches stretching back to at least the 17th century. Her ancestral witches, she claims, could cure people of the bubonic plague. Today, Sforza herself works primarily as a healer.
Day, who claims to be the "world's best-known warlock" also operates a magically-themed business in Salem with a satellite branch in New Orleans.
Salem District Court officials are refusing to release Sforza's petition to the public, but from Sforza's telling of the events, it's a classic case of professional rivalry turned ugly.
Sforza's attorney, Fiore Porreca, alleges that Day, who is a 45-year-old man, has spent hours calling her client late at night from a blocked number while he swears into the phone. In addition to the personal attacks, Porreca told The AP, Day's made a point of attacking Sforza's online presence via different social media platforms.
Day claims that all of this is because of a spat over money and a television show contract.
“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," Day told CBS news. "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."
Sforza and Day met in court today to hear a judge's decision as to whether or not Sforza was in need of a court order to keep her former apprentice away from her.
Judge Robert Brennan ultimately sided with Sforza, ruling that Day was not to contact her any longer.
“On everything that is holy I did not make those phone calls,” Day insisted as he left the courthouse.