Erin Andrews' peeping tom talk on Oprah reminds us of the celeb who've dodged delusional suitors.
According to Oprah.com, this summer Erin Andrews' peeping tom video attracted 300 million searches before her attorneys finally demanded its removal. She told Oprah the digusting deed made her feel like a "stalking victim."
While we all have our Hollywood crushes, stalking violates the boundaries of reality. Here's YourTango's Celebrity Love list of the rich famous who recently have dealt with being pursued by fans who actually thought they had a chance at romance. (Worth noting is that the more serious cases are women, and all of them were unmarried when the creepers came creeping.)
Robert Pattinson half-joked all summer that fans who approach him while he's filming freak him out. He's been quoted saying he can't wait to go back to London where he blends in and no one cares about his fame. (And while he's said he's sick of American women, there's one he doesn't seem to mind.) 5 Kristen Stewart Traits That Robert And Men Love
Shawn Johnson. In a much more serious case of celebrity stalking, 17-year-old Shawn Johnson dealt with Robert O'Ryan, a Florida man twice her age, when he showed up last March on the set of Dancing With the Stars in possession of duct tape and two loaded guns. ABC News.com stated, "According to documents filed by [Shawn's mother] Teri, '[O'Ryan] had packed all his belongings and permanently left Florida to drive out here to be with [Shawn Johnson]. He believes that she speaks to him personally through the television set and through ESP and that they will have a child together. He stated he would be with her no matter what.'"
Tyra Banks. Brady Green, 39, waited twice outside the studio where The Tyra Banks Show is filmed, saying he "wanted to do something nice" for Tyra. New York Daily News reported he sent her two dozen red roses with a card that read, "When I see you, I love you." He was arrested last March at a McDonald's near her studio and reportedly sentenced last June to one year probation, anti-stalking courses, and two years banning from contacting Tyra. Reportedly he had moved from Georgia to Los Angeles to be close to Tyra, only to find out her show had moved to New York. (Just a little glitch in the moving logistics.)
Lindsay Lohan was leaving a Scottsdale night club at 1:30 a.m. in December 2008 with Samantha Ronson when stalker and Phoenix resident Daniel Patrick Combs knocked past security guards screaming, "I love her, I love her!" Lindsay reported having seen him before...but these days, maybe Linds has more urgent fish to fry. Celebrity Love: Justin Timberlake Comes Between Sam And Lindsay
Miley Cyrus may have had the weirdest one yet. Fifty-three-year-old Mark McLeod pursued 16-year-old Miley while she was filming her movie The Last Song in Georgia last August. Disney security guards called the cops on McLeod, who acted uncooperatively with authorities and according to the police chief "just kept saying they [he and Cyrus] made eye contact years ago, and they fell in love." McLeod was also quoted saying, "Nobody will ever be able to keep us apart. We're like one." TMZ also reported he told police, "will f***ing be with Miley ... we're supposed to be together and [authorities] couldn't stop it." Yikes.
Alyssa Milano. In December 2008 Alyssa Milano called for a restraining order against Jeff Turner, the 54-year-old stalker and Santa Cruz native who reportedly hiked miles through Northern California to reach her home. Turner filmed a three-minute video for YouTube, where he says he only wanted to marry her and tells his side of the story, which is no less creepy than Alyssa's must have been. Turner didn't show up to a hearing on the matter but stopped pursuing Alyssa after Venture County courts issued a permanent injunction against him. (Turner has also filmed a documentary called I Think We're Alone Now on his obsession with '80s pop star Tiffany.)
Jennifer Love Hewitt. Sixty-two-year-old David Nolte sought Jennifer Love Hewitt with what ABC News reported as "dozens of graphic letters describing violent and sexual fantasies she said Nolte had sent to her." In December 2008 courts granted her a restraining order against him, and he wasn't allowed to pursue her mother or ex-fiancee either—but he went to her mom's house anyway.
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