It’s so sad to say this, but Taylor Swift is no stranger to stalkers. Tim Sweet sent the 26-year-old singer over 735 messages on Twitter from January 2011 to May 2012. Jacob Nicholas Kulke was arrested in December 2012 for travelling to her Nashville residence, jumping a fence and trying to enter the house. Just last May Lucas Vorsteveld, one of the men who was seen stalking her Rhode Island house the year before, was booked by police after he showed up in front of her NYC apartment acting “disoriented” and “emotionally disturbed.” And now, yet another creep who spent tons of time harassing the “New Romantics” crooner is in jail.
Frank Andrew Hoover was arrested in Austin, Texas, yesterday, after avoiding police for nearly a month. Authorities began hunting for the 39-year-old after he followed the “New Romantics” crooner’s motorcade to the airport after a recent concert and told a security guard he was trying to take a picture and travel with her. Upon further investigation, police realized the man violated a lifetime restraining order that had previously been taken out against him after he sent Tay’s dad around 30 disturbing emails from August to October talking about “earthquakes, god, Satan’s lies, forgiveness, job opportunities and partnership.”
Frank also wrote, “Without her, I walk the earth alone forever and she’ll continue to experience failed relationships that break her heart,” and his creepy emails slowly “began escalating into threats.”
The man is accused of violating the protective order (a third-degree felony) and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Stay safe, Tay!
Tay’s BFF Selena Gomez, along with other Disney Channel actresses, also know what it’s like to have a terrifying stalker:
Unfortunately, Selena's had multiple run-ins with terrifying stalkers. First, in 2011, Thomas Brodnicki told his psychiatrist that he had conversations with god about killing the Wizards of Waverly Place star. He even submitted a sworn declaration, which stated, "I believe that a restraining order should be issued against me to prevent me from trying to contact Selena Gomez." Even though a judge initially didn't want to grant Sel the restraining order because there wasn't enough evidence he'd actually go through with the threats, she eventually got one. Then, in April 2014, a homeless man was arrested multiple times for harassing the star, including one instance when he broke into her house when she was home. Che Thomas Cruz later pleaded no contest and was sentenced six months in a residential treatment facility.
When a man traveled from his native Africa to Los Angeles in hopes of marrying the High School Musical star, Vanessa Hudgens was granted a temporary restraining order. Prior to his journey, the man sent the brunette beauty an onslaught of emails tell her that he wanted to marry her and that "God gave [him] a penis to make [her] feel like [she] never did..." Once he came face to face with the cops, however, the man was apparently "extremely apologetic" and said he never meant to frighten Ms. Hudgens -- it was simply a confusion that came from their cultural differences. Ummm...okay...?
When Devon Meek was found outside of Ms. Cyrus' house and told cops he'd rather be shot in the head than NOT meet Miley, he was hit with a temporary restraining order before you could even blink an eye. A month later, a judge granted the star a permanent restraining order against the Arizona man, which said he must 100 yards away from Miley and can't go to any of the venues she performs in for three years. Mr. Meek is currently in a psychiatric hospital.
TONS of people loved Ash following her High School Musical and Suite Life run, but no one took it quite as far as Nicholas Fiore. In less than a year, the man tweeted her over 18,000 times and threatened to shoot her and her then-BF Christopher French. After she took his terrifying actions to law enforcement, Ash's stalker was hit with a permanent restraining order and was subsequently arrested for violating it. He pleaded no contest to stalking back in September 2013 and served a year in jail. He is still going through outpatient counseling and will be on probation for 5 years.
This is just sick. 5-year-old Mia Talerico has an Instagram account that is run by her parents, and, for the most part, feels constant from her thousands of fans. But this past December, things took a turn for the terrifying when an unidentified man began making death threats on various pictures. The person even went so far as to send a photo of Mia's head with a bloody fist with the caption, "Yes, kill you stupid b****." Once the Good Lucy Charlie star's mom saw what was happening, she immediately went to Disney security who then contacted LAPD's Threat Management Unit. Cops are currently in the process of tracking down this sick individual.
Brit's social status skyrocketed since her days on The Mickey Mouse Club, but with such success unfortunately comes some scary consequences. In 2002, Japan resident Masahiko Shizawa sent her emails, love notes, phone calls and messages that read "I'm chasing you." He was arrested for stalking, but tried to get back at the star by suing HER after he apparently suffered "extreme emotional stress" from a confrontation with her bodyguards outside her house. Needless to say, a judge threw out those charges.
Back in 2007, an 18-year-old man was sentenced to 117 days in jail and five years probation after he was accused of stalking Hilary and her then-boyfriend Joel Madden. Maksim Myaskovskiy apparently threatened both the Lizzie McGuire star and Good Charlotte member, which led them to file for a restraining order.
Even though Daniel Vorderwulbecke sent Lindsay a thousand texts, punched her doorman and believed he is married to her, he will not be charged with stalking. Why, you may ask? Because LL failed to show up to a London courthouse to give evidence against the man on the set date. Apparently, Linds couldn't make it across the pond because she had to be in court in LA regarding her reckless driving case on the same day.
While she's currently known for her roles in Hellcats and iZombie, we'll always know 1/2 of Aly & AJ (now 78Violet) as Keely from Phil of the Future. Back in 2010, the former DC star got a restraining order against a man who was "an obsessed fan trying to come to [her] house to marry [her]." Even after she got a legal document to keep him away, then-25-year-old Ceasar Brantley showed up in front of her house and was subsequently arrested.