HARRY Styles’ alleged stalker claims the pop star offered him vegan food and money to ‘have fun’ in a hotel, a court heard today.
Spanish national Pablo Tarazaga-Orero is on trial after he was charged with one count of stalking between April and June this year.
Tarazaga-Orero made the 25-year-old “incredibly uncomfortable” after he continued to camp outside his home, approach him at his local pub, post £49.95 through his letter box before requesting it back and physically reached out to him on the street while he was jogging, the court heard.
The former One Direction singer denies he ever gave the defendant money to have “fun” in a hotel.
Harry bought vegan food and offered the Spaniard hotel money when he first spotted him outside his Hampstead home in March, Hendon Magistrates’ Court heard.
Katie Weiss, prosecuting, said during opening statements: “His obsessive behaviour was intended to force contact directly or indirectly on the complainant Harry Styles.
“Including living outside his home address., speaking to people in the vicinity outside, posting notes and a grab whilst in the street.
“He now looks at fans very differently, wondering if there is more to them than he can see.”
The pop star gave evidence from behind a screen and said when he first saw the Spaniard he offered him for a hotel and food because it was raining and it was cold.
Partly Pablo’s facial expression made me feel a little uneasy. It was a smirk.
Harry Styles giving evidence
Harry said: “It was around two o’clock in the morning. It was heavy rain, it was very cold.
“I saw Pablo sleeping again at the bus stop that evening I pulled up in my car next to the bus stop and offered him some money so he could get a hotel or some food. He was awake.
“He told me that he couldn’t accept the money for religious reasons. I asked him if he needed any food, he asked for some edamame.
“It being two o,’clock in the morning on Sunday night, he told me he was vegan and there was not going to be any vegan options in anywhere open at that time.”
Harry said he looked for an open restaurant and reported his concerns to a police officer before buying the defendant sandwiches and muffins while on his way to work the next morning.
The singer said: “I stopped at a vegan cafe, I bought two sandwiches, two salads, two muffins all heated then took them to Pablo.
“I passed him the bag of food through the car window at which point he asked me if I wanted to go to a restaurant to eat with him.
“He appeared to be harmless and it was cold and I felt sorry for him.
“Partly Pablo’s facial expression made me feel a little uneasy. It was a smirk.”
Harry told the court he saw the defendant at the bus stop 50 yards from his home “at least five days a week” from that day on.
He added: “He had hung some pictures on the wall at some point, there was always a trace of the fact that he had been there or he was returning at some point soon.”
Harry also told the court that Tarazaga-Orero tried to speak to him at his local pub The Spaniards Inn.
He said: “I saw him on several occasions. He would sit in my eye line.
“He tried to speak to me on the second occasion as I was leaving. He would just kind of watch and look over and wait for me to leave.”
‘HE WAS WATCHING ME’
He also said he was a home when pal saw the defendant post a note through his letter box at 1am on April 5.
Harry said: “Upon looking in my letterbox it was cash, £49.95 I believe. I was very confused very very uncomfortable, very confused, I didn’t really understand it.”
On May 30, the defendant allegedly posted two notes through his letter box asking for the sum of cash back and left his bank details for it to be transferred.
Harry said his alleged stalker had “lunged” at him and “blocked his path” as he went running at 10.45pm, the court heard.
He said: “He reached his arm out and kind of lunged at me to try and stop me running. When I was 50 yards away I turned around and he was still watching me.”
On his way out of his home that day, he said: “He was maybe 30ft away. He tried to block the pathway.
“I said please move. He said ‘I need the money’ and kept repeating it over and over again.”
Harry denied he ever offered the defendant money to have “fun” in a hotel on their first meeting.
He replied “I did not” after defence barrister Jenni Dempster QC said: “Do you suggest both of you could have gone to a hotel to have fun.”
Harry added: “I’ve employed a night guard which I’ve never felt necessary before. I continue to lock my bedroom at night, I find myself assessing my residence and any weak spots if you will and I worry about it much more.”
Tarazaga-Orero was arrested in July after he returned from his native Spain at Stansted airport.
The prosecutor applied for a reporting restriction to bar the press from identifying Harry because of his concerns the trial will have “on his fan base”.
District Judge Nigel Dean did not grant the order.
Tarazaga-Orero is charged with “pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the stalking of Harry Styles” between April 6 and June 1 this year.
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He allegedly was aware it “amounted to the harassment of him in that you slept outside his address every day, posted notes through his door and made approaches to him in the street which you knew or ought to have known were unwanted by Mr Styles”.
He is defended by barrister Jenni Dempster QC who opposed the reporting ban.
The trial continues.