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Though becoming an internationally renowned pop star comes with a laundry list of perks, there are a few major downsides to fame that would make anyone feel fearful.

Few of these negatives are more terrifying than stalkers, as Rihanna realized this year. One man has been threatening her life, and it's just come to light that he sent her a disturbing video of himself masturbating.

The whole ordeal began in the spring of 2015

I wrote about the police hunt for the man that took place in May, but since TMZ just obtained the search warrant from the police, more details are emerging.

We already knew that he had posted pictures of guns on Twitter and photos of him outside of Rihanna's house. With this new report, it's clear that he deludedly sent one 15-second video to the pop star, and in it he's masturbating.

He was captured by police and put in a psychiatric hospital

He remains there today, but he's just the latest in a long history of celebrity stalkers who have developed scary attachments to famous figures they don't even know.

Here are just a few of the celebrities who had a horrifying encounter with stalkers.

Jodie Foster

John Hinckley, Jr. started stalking Jodie Foster after watching her performance in Taxi Driver, enrolling at Yale while she was attending just to be close to her. In a bizarre twist of fiction meeting reality, he decided that assassinating President Reagan was the best way to gain her affection, and he tried to do exactly that in March 1981. He was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C., and he's still there today.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Dawnette Knight started obsessing over Michael Douglas, so his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones posed a threat in her mind. She sent the couple letters saying she was determined to dismember Zeta-Jones and feed the parts to her dogs. She received three years in prison on stalking charges.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Dante Michael Soiu became compelled to "cut the sin" with "God's scalpel" out of Gwyneth Paltrow sometime in 2000. Throughout that year, he was sending at least five letters a day and boxes full of pornography. Between then suddenly showing up at her parents house and mailing a vibrator with the line "because I love you," Paltrow must have known this guy was serious. He was determined to be legally insane and was immediately hospitalized.


A man named Ricardo López developed an all-consuming obsession with the Icelandic pop singer. He recorded a video diary which plays like a descent into madness. López spends much of the footage building a letter bomb with sulfuric acid, and he ultimately sends that to Björk's London residence. He committed suicide that same day, and authorities were able to review the footage and get the package intercepted without injury.

(Source: TMZ, Buzzfeed)


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