Taylor Swift stalker arrested at Texas airport

Taylor Swift
Updated 13 November 2016

Taylor Swift stalker arrested at Texas airport

AUSTIN, Texas: A Texas man accused of stalking singer Taylor Swift in Austin, Texas, has been charged with violating a lifetime restraining order.
Travis County records show Frank Andrew Hoover is being held Friday on a charge of violating a protective order issued in Kansas that requires him to stay at least 500 feet away from the multi-Grammy award winning artist.
An affidavit says Hoover followed Swift’s motorcade after her Oct. 22 concert at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas to a private area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The affidavit says the 39-year-old suspect came within 50 feet of Swift. Hangar workers say he talked about wanting to accompany Swift onto her plane.
Hoover, of Austin, was arrested Thursday. Bond is set at $100,000. No attorney is listed to speak on Hoover’s behalf.
Hoover had been hounding Swift and her family for months. According to the documents, he sent continuous e-mails to her father, Scott Swift, from Aug. 28 until Oct. 27.
One of the messages said God told him to find Swift and her father. Hoover wrote, “Without her, I walk the earth alone forever and she’ll continue to experience failed relationships that break her heart.”


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.