Harry Styles stalked by homeless man who pushed money through his door

October 14, 2019

A homeless man who camped outside the home of Harry Styles for several months has been found guilty of stalking.

The former One Direction singer was left feeling "scared" and "uncomfortable" by Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 26, who he had initially tried to help.

Afterwards, the Spanish national posted notes and money through the star's letterbox at his home in London, followed him to the pub on several occasions and approached him while he was out running.

Styles, 25, went to the police after the defendant's "erratic and frightening behaviour" left him feeling insecure at home, Hendon Magistrates' Court heard.

District Judge Nigel Deane said he found the charge of stalking, which took place between April and June this year, had been proven.

Earlier in the hearing on Monday, Styles spoke from behind a screen to give evidence to the court, and said: "Pablo was sleeping outside of my residence; I first became aware of him in March.

"I thought it was sad that someone so young was sleeping rough at a bus stop when it was cold."

Styles said that on 10 March, he offered Tarazaga-Orero some money "so he could get a hotel or some food".

The defendant asked if he could have some edamame beans because he is vegan, the judge heard.

The next day, the singer bought the man two sandwiches, two salads and two muffins from a vegan cafe, but decided to stop interacting with him following an "odd" incident.

"He asked me if I wanted to go to a restaurant to eat," Styles told the court. "I told him I was on my way to work.

"I found it a little odd. His facial expression made me feel a little uneasy. It was like a smirk.

"Until that point, I never felt unsafe or uneasy in my own home."

Tarazaga-Orero suggested the pop star had once propositioned him and said: "'Let's come to a hotel, let's have some fun,' or something like that."

Mr Styles denied ever offering the man money for "fun".

Despite cutting contact with the man on the advice of his security staff, Styles continued to see Tarazaga-Orero "incredibly often (...) almost every day".

In April, Tarazaga-Orero posted change to the value of £49.95 through Styles' letter box.

The star said he was followed into a local pub a number of times, and that Tarazaga-Orero also stopped him while he was running in Regent's Park, and asked for money.

The prosecution argued that Tarazaga-Orero's stalking continued to have a "significant effect on (Styles') day-to-day life".

Styles said: "I never really encountered this kind of behaviour before.

"I've employed a night guard. I continue to lock my bedroom door at night."

He also said he continues to check for "weak spots" in his home.

Tarazaga-Orero claimed he chose to sleep in the neighbourhood after he became homeless in February because it felt safer than central London.

He said he could make up to £100 from the public each day, adding: "I was surprised and many people helped me."

When asked whether he had stalked the star, Tarazaga-Orero said: "That was never my intention. In the end I just wanted the money he offered me.

"I don't have any interest in him. I don't have any feelings for him.

"I'm not in love with him."

Tarazaga-Orero will be sentenced on Monday 21 October.

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