Stalker arrested trying to break into Taylor Swift's New York apartment
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New York police arrested an alleged stalker over the weekend who was reportedly attempting to break into the Manhattan apartment of pop star Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftStalker arrested trying to break into Taylor Swift's New York apartment Taylor Swift sends gifts to front-line nurse: 'I am so inspired by your passion for helping' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Supreme Court announces unanimous rulings MORE.

The Associated Press reported that Hanks Johnson, 52, was arrested Saturday after someone called 911 stating there was an unidentified man inside the Tribeca building without permission.

Johnson reportedly told police that Swift “knows that I’m coming here, we’re friends,” according to the criminal complain obtained by the outlet.


It is not clear if the “You Belong With Me” singer was home at the time of the incident. Swift’s security team told police that Johnson rang the doorbell and attempted to enter the building several times over the past six months.

Johnson was charged with criminal trespass and released on his own recognizance after an arraignment Sunday night.

Outside of the courthouse, Johnson told the Daily News that he had been in direct contact with the “Miss Americana” star. He showed the reporter his direct messages to Swift’s Instagram account and claimed the predictive text suggestions that popped up were actually her replies. 

“‘Taylor’s,’ that means that she wants to work with me. You get that?” he said.

“She messaged me from her place, I think, and she invited me to come over, that’s why I went there,“ he continued. “I went to Franklin Street just to communicate with her about the presentation ... and that’s when the police came.”

Johnson also reportedly has restraining orders barring him from contacting models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are friends of Swift’s.


Swift, who is currently promoting the re-release of her album “Fearless: Taylor’s Version,” has had several encounters with accused stalkers throughout her career.

A man allegedly stalked the musician across Texas and was arrested after attending an Austin show in 2016 despite a protective order against him. 

He was accused of sending threatening emails to Swift’s father, saying he would “end” her whole family, TMZ reported. He was later sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to violating the protection order and was instructed to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Swift reportedly used facial recognition software at a Los Angeles concert venue to scan the crowd for any of her known stalkers.

The songwriter revealed in 2018 that has a “fear of violence” after attacks at concerts in Manchester, England, and Las Vegas, leading her to carry army grade bandages in her personal life.

Swift wrote an essay for Elle magazine on 30 lessons she has learned ahead of her 30th birthday, saying she carries "QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds.”

She notably broke her years-long silence on politics shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, citing then-Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan The Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base MORE’s (R-Tenn.) voting record against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking and date rape.