A Brooklyn man accused of stalking Taylor Swift at her Manhattan homes erupted with rage during a court appearance Saturday.
Joshua Christian, 35, demanded that he be allowed to ditch his court-appointed defense lawyer, and instead represent himself, during Saturday’s testy arraignment hearing.
At one point he turned to the courtroom and sniped: ‘Are you all the biggest jokers in history or actually real? Prove you’re real. Prove you’re real.’
The Crown Heights man is accused of sneaking through the unlocked door of one of Swift’s TriBeCa homes in March, and hurling threats through the intercom of her neighboring property in June.
He’s also said to have shown up at Swift’s Tennessee home at an undisclosed date.
The New York Post reported that Christian was arrested Friday.
He was charged with stalking and criminal trespass for stalking 32 year-old Swift’s New York apartment on Friday.
Christian has a prior arrest in Florida for ‘reckless driving’ and did not waive his extradition back there to answer the warrant.
Joshua Christian, 35, pictured here, allegedly freaked out before being led out of the courtroom by officers during his arraignment on Saturday at Manhattan Criminal Court. ‘Are you all the biggest jokers in history or actually real? Prove you’re real. Prove you’re real,’ Christian said to the courtroom
Christian, pictured in court Saturday, allegedly sneaked into one of Swift’s homes in Manhattan through an open door, and made threats through the intercom of a neighboring property that the star also owns
Taylor Swift, pictured, is looking bedazzled in white two-piece ensemble during a 2021 awards ceremony
A prosecutor said Christian had a prior arrest in Florida for reckless driving, the Post reported.
The outburst took place after Judge Abraham Clott asked him if he wanted to waive extradition.
Christian, wearing a white ensemble from head to toe with matching mask, had a conversation with his lawyer, prompting the judge to hold over the case until night court started, the news outlet said.
He was led out by court officers after his unruly behavior.
Christian’s stalking spree happened twice within the last few months, at Swift’s Tribeca residence located on Franklin Street, where she reportedly owns several units.
The manic fan reportedly stood outside Swift’s townhouse lurking and waiting for the singer to surface.
The dates of the stalking incidents occurred between March 26, at approximately 11:05 am and again on June 12 around 10:50 am, according to reports.
Christian’s stalking spree started months ago when he showed up on two separate occasions residential buildings located on Franklin Street, where the singer reportedly owns several units.
During the March incident, the obsessed fan gained entry through an unlocked door, at 153 Franklin Street location, where Swift owns an $18 million townhouse, The New York Post reported.
Police said he remained he there ‘unlawfully,’ and took flight after he was confronted by security, the news outlet reported.
The second instance occurred just last month when Christian reportedly slipped into the building at 155 Franklin Street and ‘made threats through the intercom toward a 32-year-old female,’ police said, The Post reported.
This isn’t the first time Swift has been a target of stalkers.
In 2018, a man broke into her Tribeca townhouse and took a nap, police said.
That same year, a Colorado man armed with a knife, rope and ammunition, was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift, CBS News reported.