The homeless man who had been stalking Harry Styles has been found guilty.
The frightening ordeal began when Styles saw 26-year-old Pablo Tarazaga-Orero sleeping outside his home in northwest London in March, and then later at a bus stop on a cold and rainy night.
via The Sun:
Harry said: “Pablo was sleeping outside my residence for an extended period of time. I would notice him walking up and down the road.
“Returning home one evening, I noticed him sleeping at the bus stop outside my residence.
“I thought it was sad someone so young was sleeping rough — that anyone was when it was so cold. I felt sorry for him.”
Harry, said to be worth £50million, said he first spoke to Tarazaga-Orero after driving past the bus stop in the pouring rain at 2am.
He said: “I pulled up in my car and offered him some money so he could get a hotel or some food. He told me that he couldn’t accept the money for religious reasons. He said he was vegan.”
The next day, good guy Harry went to a vegan cafe to buy food and when he saw Tarazaga-Orero he pulled his car over, lowered the window, and passed him a bag of wraps and muffins.
Harry said: “He asked me if I wanted to go to a restaurant and eat with him. I told him I was on my way to work so I couldn’t. I found it a little odd.
“His facial expression made me feel a little uneasy, it was a kind of smirk. I realised there was something not quite normal.”
In the following days it became clear Tarazaga-Orero was stalking Harry. He said: “I saw him on several occasions in my local pub, maybe four times in a week.
“He’d enter the pub anywhere between a minute and two minutes after I arrived. I felt watched, it made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. At this point I started to feel he was maybe following me around.
“He’d sit in my eyeline. He’d just watch and look over and wait for me to leave. He was always alone.”
That’s when things got really strange.
Harry was at home with a friend when Tarazaga-Orero pushed £50 in cash through the door. Harry said: “It made me confused and very, very uncomfortable, I didn’t really understand it.
More notes were stuffed in his letterbox over the next few days.
One read: “Harry I have put my bank account here, hopefully you can help me. Send me the money you offered me that night.”
The second said: “I will take the money you offered me. It’s my only option. Please give it to me.”
Harry said: “It was the first time since living in my residence I felt unsafe at home.” He also said it was the first time he used the panic lock on his bedroom door at night and that he was “very scared.”
Harry’s neighbor told him about a disturbing conversation they’d had with Tarazaga-Orero said he’d had “a vision” that he and Harry would be together in Ireland.
Tarazaga-Orero later told the court Harry had “tried to buy him” when they spoke at the bus stop.
He said: “I was asleep and it was raining. Someone stopped with their car. He said ‘Hey, hey, hey!’
“He started asking me questions. He took out a bunch of notes, a ball of notes. He said, ‘Let’s go to a hotel, let’s have some fun.’
“I understood he was trying to buy me with the money. I was scared. I didn’t want to go with him. I didn’t stalk him. I am not in love with him.”
The judge however sided with Harry, saying:
“I find Mr Styles to be a reliable and credible witness. The defendant is neither a credible witness nor a reliable one. Mr Styles felt sorry for a young man he saw to be living without a home in winter.
“I find the suggestion that Mr Styles suggested he would accompany the defendant to a hotel for fun to be completely incredible. He was trying to help another for whom he felt sorry.”
Tarazaga-Orero will be sentenced on Oct. 21.