Stewart, who made her directorial debut earlier this year with her film K-11, recently filed a restraining order against her neighbor, Sue Bemi; Bemi had accused Stewart of harboring wolves during an April 21 dispute on Stewart's driveway, TMZ reports. According to Stewart's court filing, Bemi allegedly harassed her, demanding that the animals aren't appropriate pets and should be set free.
"I'm a very private person and try to remain that way, but, when someone threatens me, or my animals, on my own property -- I will retaliate, which is what I did by obtaining a restraining order from the superior court," Stewart tells Us Weekly exclusively.
Stewart says that the animals in question are technically wolf-hybrids, not to be confused with a pure-bred wolf. "The honest truth about the animals is, years ago I rescued a few wolf-hybrids, and they live on a large open piece of property filled with trees. These animals are perfectly legal in the state of California." She adds that the canines are not "100 percent wolves locked up somewhere they shouldn't be."
That being said, Stewart doesn't recommend wolf-hybrids as pets for everyone; the animals are not legally sanctioned in some U.S. states.
Stewart's love for her four wolf-hybrids — named Jack, Lily, Tommy and Lola -- hasn't wavered in the slightest.
"They're not pets, they're more like companions," Stewart tells Us, "They're loyal, they're big, they're completely socialized, they're licensed, they're legal for me to have them, and I love them!"