Taylor Swift's stalker breaks-in and claims that she tried to slide into his DMs
New York, New York – He just couldn't shake it off! Hanks Johnson was arrested for breaking into Taylor Swift's New York City apartment on Saturday night, wildly claiming that the singer had been secretly communicating with him through his Instagram direct messages.
It's one thing to be a super-fan and highly supportive of a celebrity, but breaking into their home is next-level creepy.
On Saturday evening, the police were called to Taylor Swift's apartment building in Tribeca after Johnson (52) broke in and attempted to enter the songstress's pricey pad.
The attempt wasn't a spur-of-the-moment act of passion – at least not according to Johnson. He believed the 31-year-old had been communicating with him by infiltrating his phone's predictive text in his Instagram DMs.
While he was being escorted out of a courtroom on Sunday morning, the 52-year-old man made a scene by sending Swift numerous DMs to show off the predictive text that came up after.
According to the New York Daily News, Harrison told police, "She messaged me from her place, I think, and she invited me to come over, that’s why I went there".
The break-in wasn't Johnson's first try at getting close to Swift. The Daily News reported that the man had stopped by multiple times over the last six months, ringing the building's doorbell numerous times.
Relentless passion from Swift's stalkers has led to past trouble
After showing off the DMs in the courtroom, Johnson moved on to brag about a restraining order filed against him by Gigi and Bella Hadid – models and close pals of Swift. The order has forbid Johnson from contacting the two sisters.
Swift and her many homes have been a notorious target for stalkers. In March 2019, Roger Alvarado (23) was busted for scaling up the side of the singer's NYC penthouse.
This came just one year after Alvarado served jail time for a 2018 break-in at the same Franklin Street apartment.
Swift recently released her first re-recorded album Fearless (Taylor's Version) to chart-topping acclaim.
It is the first re-release on Swift's journey to own her music's masters after a dirty deal was made between the singer's former label Big Machine and producer Scooter Braun that stripped her of all ownership.
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