Yet Another “Dancing With The Stars” Stalker
People, will you leave Erin Andrews alone already? After being stalked for two years by Michael David Barrett and having him post nude videos of her that he took through a hotel room peephole, Erin has yet another uber-creepy dude who won’t leave her alone. This one has yet to be caught. He’s been sending her disturbing emails for months and lately they’ve gotten violent, threatening murder and all sorts of horrible things. But rather than pull out of “Dancing with the Stars” and keep a low profile for a bit, Erin is charging ahead and has asked CBS to beef up security on the set. “She’s not the type to be easily threatened,” said her lawyer. “She has every intention to meet her obligations.” [People]
Interestingly, this is not the first celeb to be stalked while appearing on “Dancing with the Stars.” Last year, a guy named Robert O’Ryan drove from Florida to California, and was found jumping a fence at the studio where the ballroom dancefest is taped. After security questioned him, the police were called and they searched the guy’s car. They found not only a loaded handgun and shotgun, plus loads of love letters written to the 17-year-old gymnast Shawn Johnson, who’d go on to win the season’s dancing trophy, they also found duct tape and zip ties—he was evidently planning to kidnap her. “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,” wrote Johnson’s mother in a court declaration. Apparently, O’Ryan was pulled over in Alabama during his cross-country drive, at which point he told the police officer all about Shawn Johnson and said, “I’m going to try to get her to marry me.” [ABC, E! Online]
So what is up with all the “Dancing with the Stars” stalkers? Is it just that the show lets them know where the object of their obsession will be, filming live on a weekly basis? Or can they just not get enough of the sequined and feathered outfits? Let’s hope that any Pam Anderson and Kate Gosselin stalkers out there don’t take this as an invitation.