Harry Styles has told a court how a homeless man he tried to help started stalking him, leaving the star feeling “scared” and “uncomfortable”.
The former One Direction singer said he offered to buy Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 26, food or a hotel room after he saw him sleeping in a bus stop outside his home in London.
Afterwards, the Spanish national allegedly posted notes and money through the star’s letterbox, followed him to the pub on several occasions and approached him while he was out running.
The 25-year-old went to the police after the defendant’s “erratic and frightening behaviour” left him feeling insecure at home, Hendon Magistrates’ Court heard.
Speaking from behind a screen, Styles told the court on Monday: “Pablo was sleeping outside of my residence; I first became aware of him in March.
“I thought it was sad that someone so young was sleeping rough at a bus stop when it was cold.”
Styles said that on 10 March, he offered Tarazaga-Orero some money “so he could get a hotel or some food”.
The defendant asked if he could have some edamame beans because he is vegan, District Judge Nigel Deane heard.
The next day, the singer bought the man two sandwiches, two salads and two muffins from a vegan cafe, but decided to stop interacting with him following an “odd” incident.
“He asked me if I wanted to go to a restaurant to eat,” Styles told the court. “I told him I was on my way to work.
“I found it a little odd. His facial expression made me feel a little uneasy. It was like a smirk.
“Until that point, I never felt unsafe or uneasy in my own home.”
Despite cutting contact with the man on the advice of his security staff, Styles continued to see Tarazaga-Orero “incredibly often (…) almost every day”.
In April, Tarazaga-Orero posted change to the value of £49.95 through Styles’ letter box.
The star said he was followed into a local pub a number of times, and that Tarazaga-Orero also stopped him while he was running in Regent’s Park, and asked for money.
The prosecution argued that Tarazaga-Orero’s stalking continued to have a “significant effect on (Styles’) day-to-day life”.
Styles said: “I never really encountered this kind of behaviour before.
“I’ve employed a night guard. I continue to lock my bedroom door at night.”
He also said he continues to check for “weak spots” in his home.
The trial continues.