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Yankees executive Jessica Steinbrenner seeks restraining order against ex-husband

TAMPA — Jessica Steinbrenner, a top executive with the New York Yankees and a daughter of the team's late owner George Steinbrenner, is seeking a restraining order against her ex-husband.

In a petition filed in Hillsborough County last week, Steinbrenner alleges that Felix M. Lopez Jr. has been stalking her since their marriage formally ended in February. According to the complaint, Lopez has made unwelcome attempts to contact Steinbrenner by calling, sending text messages and making at least two unannounced visits to her Tampa home earlier this month.

The petition says Lopez approached Steinbrenner at a Tampa CVS store on Aug. 24 and, when she told reminded him of a no-contact clause in their divorce settlement agreement, he said, "No contact means nothing. What are they going to do me?"

Surveillance video taken Sept. 2 shows Lopez parking his car down the street from Steinbrenner's house and walking to the house with a box covering his face, the petition says. A video on Sept. 6 shows Lopez walking around to the back of the house, peeking in windows and trying to avoid security cameras on the property.

On Sept. 14, the day before Steinbrenner filed for the restraining order, Lopez pulled up beside Steinbrenner's car and tried to talk to her, according to the petition.

The complaint alleges that Lopez committed or has tried to commit domestic violence against Steinbrenner, has a history of mental health problems and "owns, has, and/or is known to have guns or other weapons."

Steinbrenner, 53, general partner and co-vice chairwoman of the Yankees, is seeking a court order to prohibit Lopez from contacting her in any way. She also asks that he be prohibited from going within 500 feet of her home; from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the Yankees' spring training home; and from Kinsman Farm, the Steinbrenner family's thoroughbred stables in Ocala.

Lopez, 63, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Lopez formerly worked as a Steinbrenner family landscaper and rose up through the ranks with the team, serving as a senior vice president from 2005-09. He was an executive vice president until last year. He was in charge of daily operations in Tampa.

Steinbrenner filed for a dissolution of marriage in July 2016 and a judge entered a final dissolution order on Feb. 7.

This report includes information from the Associated Press. Contact Tony Marrero at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374.

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