Harry Styles’ stalker has been back in court accused of flouting a 2019 restraining order imposed when he spent months camping outside the star’s north London home.
The Watermelon Sugar singer sleeps with his bedroom door locked since Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 27, followed him to the pub, grabbed at him as he ran through Regent’s Park and posted notes through his letterbox.
Tarazaga-Orero was banned from going within 270 yards of Styles when a judge imposed the restraining order in October 2019.
But the Spanish national allegedly made contact with Styles over social media on December 22 – something banned under the terms of the order.
Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 27, is pictured arriving at Hendon Magistrates Court to be sentenced for stalking Harry Styles (right in New York in March)
He appeared in the dock on Boxing Day where Tarazaga-Orero denied the charge. He is due to return to court for a pre-trial hearing later this month.
Tarazaga-Orero has been accused of contacting Styles again from a property in Regent Street and gave his address as a housing block in Finchley during the appearance.
He was granted bail under a 9pm to 6am curfew and had been ordered to return to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on January 18, after entering a not guilty plea to a charge of breaking a restraining order under the 1997 Protection from Harassment Act.
Tarazaga-Orero’s stalking campaign left Styles feeling ‘scared’ and ‘very uncomfortable’, the One Direction star told the court in 2019.
The Sign of the Times singer met Tarazaga-Orero in March 2019 when he offered the homeless man money for a hotel room or food. He later bought edamame beans from a nearby cafe at the man’s request.
Tarazaga-Orero had been sleeping rough at a bus shelter near Styles’ £3million home and his behaviour soon escalated. A three-month stalking campaign began, the Brit Award winner told the court.
He posted notes and money through his letterbox, and followed the singer, who is worth an estimated £50million, to the pub, camping outside his house for two months.
Styles called the police in May after Tarazaga-Orero tried to ‘grab’ him while he was running in Regent’s Park.
Tarazaga-Orero was then sentenced to a 12-month community order including 30 days of rehabilitation activity, and ordered to pay £335 in total including £250 costs after being found guilty of stalking at Hendon Magistrates Court.
Styles at the 40th Brit Awards, Sony Music After Party, in London on February 18 last year
District Judge Nigel Dean told Tarazaga-Orero: ‘Firstly I am making a restraining order in any case it’s going to be for an indefinite period and will include the following, prohibiting you from entering the following area highlighted in red.
‘It centres on the home address of Harry Styles and some of the adjacent lanes to keep you well away from his address.
‘You’re not to contact directly or indirectly Harry Styles including posting any messages on any social media platforms.’
The order also forbids Tarazaga-Orero from going within 270 yards of Styles, or any of his business or residential addresses including any theatre, venue, stadium or hall where he is performing.
Tarazaga-Orero, a Hare Krishna follower, swore on the Gita holy book when he gave evidence. He appeared in court wearing a beige trousers, an orange top over a white shirt.
Katy Weiss, prosecuting, said: ‘I spoke to Mr Styles yesterday and he’s adamant he wants [the defendant] to get help although he doesn’t want to see him again.’
The defendant, who has been in the UK for four and a half years, said he became homeless in February and the musician had approached him as he slept on the bus stop bench, offered him cash and invited him to ‘have some fun’ at a hotel.
Pablo Tarazaga-Orero (pictured outside court in July), was found guilty of one count of stalking
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Styles told the court: ‘I thought it was sad that someone so young, that anyone was sleeping rough at the bus stop when it was cold.
‘I felt sorry for him. That evening I pulled up in my car next to the bus stop and I offered him some money so that he could get a hotel or some food.’
When Styles asked him if he could get him anything to eat, he requested some edamame beans, which he found ‘a bit of a strange request’, he told the judge.
The former 1D singer went to a vegan cafe where he bought a bag of wraps and muffins for the Spaniard, he said.
He continued: ‘I passed him the bag of food through the window, at which point he asked me whether I wanted to go to a restaurant to eat with him I found it to be a little odd.
‘Something about it, his facial expression made me feel uneasy and it was at this point I realised there was something not quite straightforward about this situation.’
The star’s neighbour Rafael Krezeszewsky told the court Tarazaga-Orero once told him he was ‘the soulmate of Harry Styles’ and was ‘spiritually protecting him’.
But Styles was forced to deny he 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.’
In April, he posted change to the value of £49.95 through Styles’ letter box.
Styles later informed his security team about Tarazaga-Orero and they advised him to no longer engage with him.
But the musician would see Tarazaga-Orero outside his home every day even after he was cautioned by police.
The star told the court he became certain he was specifically followed by Tarazaga-Orero after he started seeing him in his local pub.
One note read told Styles he was sleeping outside and asked for the money he had been originally offered for the hotel.
The star said: ‘I felt sorry for him but at this point I felt very uncomfortable. It was the first time since living there I felt unsafe in my home.’
The star hired night security staff and had special locks fitted but the stalker tried to grab him while out jogging on 10 May.
He told the court: ‘He reached out his arm out and kind of lunged at me to try to stop me running. I don’t think he realised it was me before I was already kind of past him.
‘When I was about 50 yards away I turned around and saw him kind of watching me.’
The singer told the court that Tarazago-Orero confronted him on the way back from his run, demanding the money.
‘He tried to block the pathway, he kind of stood in front of me. I was pretty scared at this point. I was on the phone with a friend and they became very concerned.’
Styles asked the other man to ‘please move’ and eventually ran around him.
Describing how the stalking affected him, the star said: ‘I have employed a night guard, which I never felt necessary before. I continue to lock my bedroom door at night.
‘I find myself assessing my residence looking for any weak spots in it. I worry about it much more, I never felt that way before.’
But asked how he felt about Tarazaga-Orero the star replied: ‘I would like him to get some help.
‘I would also prefer to have no contact going forward with him, directly or indirectly. I would like to feel safe again.’
At a previous hearing last week, Judge Dean praised Styles for stopping ‘out of the goodness of his heart’ and trying to help a man who was ‘down on his luck’.
But he said it was evident the defendant had camped in the bus stop outside the star’s home because ‘he knew that Mr Styles lived close by’.
Harry Styles is pictured at a fashion event in May 2019 – during the period of harassment
District Judge Nigel Dean said: ‘It would be fair for me to say at this stage that I found Mr Styles to be a reliable and credible witness.
‘It seemed to me that he was doing his best to assist the court. I didn’t find any major inconsistencies or shortcomings in relation to his evidence.
‘Mr Styles felt sorry for a young man who he saw to be living without a home during the winter when it was cold and raining very heavily and having first noticed him he then out of goodness of his heart stopped and offered to fund the defendant’s hotel accommodation that evening.
‘I found the suggestion that Mr Styles also, the suggestion that he would accompany the defendant for fun to be completely incredible.
‘These were honest, well intended, good intentions from somebody who was trying to help another for whom he felt sorry and who he thought was down on his luck.
‘He knew perfectly well that what he was doing at that stage amounted to harassment of Mr Styles.
‘I’m quite satisfied that this behaviour had the effect of harassing Mr Styles.’