Man Charged With Trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Home
A 38-year-old man has been ordered to stay away from Taylor Swift after repeatedly trespassing at her home in Rhode Island.
The Associated Press reports that Daniel Cole of Brewster, Mass. appeared before a state judge on Friday (March 21), after ignoring previous warnings not to trespass at Swift’s estate in Westerly.
Cole allegedly blocked Swift’s driveway with his pickup truck on Dec. 9, 2013, before being escorted off the property. He returned on Dec. 21, when he reportedly struggled with police after refusing to leave.
He pleaded not guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct, and was released on his own recognizance. The judge in the case has issued a no contact order.
Swift has dealt with multiple other incidents with fans trying to get too close, including a man who climbed the fence at a Nashville property she bought for her parents, as well as a chilling recent incident in which she obtained a restraining order against a man who contacted her repeatedly via letters, emails and social media posts. One of his messages reportedly read, “If anyone in Taylor Swift’s family gets killed, it is not my fault.”
The superstar acknowledges that those incidents scare her. “There are a lot of them,” she admits. “I just try to be safe and be conscious of people around me … It’s something you just have to deal with. It’s the price you pay for getting to do what you love. You can let it take over your life and make you fearful all the time, or you can live your life in spite of it.”