ONE Direction heart-throb Harry Styles told yesterday how he lived in terror in his own home after a vagrant stalker camped outside for two months.
Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 26, staked out Harry’s house, ambushed him when he went jogging, pushed notes and money through his letterbox and followed him to the pub.
The singer told a court: “I saw him incredibly often. Almost every day. I could feel him watching me. It made me feel incredibly uncomfortable.
“Up until that point I had never felt unsafe or uneasy at my own house. I’d never encountered this kind of behaviour before.”
He added: “I have had to employ a night guard. I continue to lock my bedroom during the night.
“I find myself assessing my residence and weak spots in it. I worry about it. If I see people on multiple occasions I view them differently than I would before.”
He said of Tarazaga-Orero, who was found guilty of stalking yesterday: “I’d like him to get some help but I would prefer not to have any contact with him going forward. I would like to feel safe at home.”
Harry told how his ordeal began with an act of kindness — when he spotted Tarazaga-Orero sleeping at a bus stop on a rainy and bitterly cold night and offered him money for a hotel.
He was forced to deny Tarazaga-Orero’s allegation that he offered the cash so they could go to a hotel and “have some fun”.
‘COULD FEEL HIM WATCHING’
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.”
Harry, 25, said he saw a patrolling police car and told the officers there was a young man sleeping at the bus stop and they might want to speak to him.
The next morning he 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.”
The singer was at his home with a friend when Tarazaga-Orero posted almost £50 in cash through the door. Harry said: “It made me confused and very, very uncomfortable, I didn’t really understand it.
“I began to question why if Pablo was homeless he’d be sending money through my letterbox?” A few weeks later two notes containing Tarazaga-Orero’s bank details arrived begging for money.
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.
‘UNSAFE AT HOME’
“It was the first time I used the panic lock on my bedroom door at night.” The next day when Harry went for a run Tarazaga-Orero tried to stop him and kept repeating: “I need the money.”
Harry said: “I was very scared at this point.” The singer’s neighbour Rafal Krzeszewski told him of a disturbing conversation he had with Tarazaga-Orero.
The Spaniard said he had “a vision” that he and Harry would be together in Ireland. Tarazaga-Orero 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.”
But District Judge Nigel Dean rubbished Tarazaga-Orero’s account at Hendon magistrates court.
He said: “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.
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“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 was bailed pending sentencing on Monday. Prosecutor Miss Weiss said: “Alarm and distress were caused.
“Harry now has security at home and a panic lock on his bedroom door he locks every night. When he returns home after being away he checks Pablo isn’t there.” Harry left court without commenting.
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