Harry Styles felt unsafe in his own home following stalker ordeal
Harry Styles locked himself in his bedroom and felt unsafe in his own home after he was allegedly stalked by a homeless man he took pity on. The former One Direction singer claimed at a hearing at Hendon Magistrates' Court in London on Monday that 26-year-old Pablo Tarazaga-Orero harassed him after he offered to pay for a night in a hotel after seeing him sleeping by a local bus stop.
According to London's Evening Standard newspaper, Styles alleged in court that Tarazaga-Orero posted notes and cash through his letterbox, followed him to the local pub, and tried to grab him during a late-night jog. "I thought it was sad someone so young was sleeping rough, that anyone was sleeping rough at a bus stop, when it was cold," he said of meeting Spanish-born Tarazaga-Orero. "I felt sorry for him".
Styles claimed he then offered to buy food, driving to find a vegan food shop when he was asked for edamame beans. However, when he returned the next day with two sandwiches, two salads, and two muffins from a vegan cafe, Tarazaga-Orero asked if they could go to a restaurant - with Harry noting there was "something not quite straight-forward" about the situation.
The Sign of the Times singer recalled: "He made me feel pretty uneasy, I felt watched and I could feel him watching me as I entered and exited my residence."
Describing the jogging incident, Harry said he was out running when Tarazaga-Orero saw him and “lunged” to try and grab hold of him leaving the singer feeling “pretty scared”. When he turned to run home and saw Tarazaga-Orero again, and told him: “I tried to give you the money. Now you have to stop, please move.”
The 25-year-old musician fitted a panic lock on his bedroom door, strengthened his at-home security, and now checks for "weak spots" in his property, after being left feeling "unsafe at home". Asked if he regretted trying to help the defendant, Styles added: "I would like him to get some help but I would also prefer to have no contact with him going forward. I would like to feel safe at home." Tarazaga-Orero denies stalking the star between April and June this year. The trial is ongoing.