CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has many fans, but one fan in particular continues to take it too far. According to a report by the New York Daily News on Friday, Alex Hausner, who admitted to a six-year reign of harassment against Cooper, was released from custody after he pleaded guilty. The 38-year-old Hausner claimed to reporters that Cooper "was never in danger."
His claim was a reason why he initially opted out of the plea deal. After serving nearly nine months in jail for accusations of stalking both Cooper and his boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, the Queens native had an opportunity to be released from jail if he would plead guilty to felony menacing and aggravated harassment. But Hausner, who also has a history of mental health issues, maintained that he was no threat to Cooper and although he is guilty of the harassment, his actions were interpreted the wrong way.
But when given another opportunity on Friday, the man, who claims to "love" Cooper, took the plea and later told reporters that he would "die for him." He again proclaimed, "Anderson has nothing to fear for me. I'm just concerned that people are going to walk around with walkie talkies, they're going to see me on the street and people around Anderson Cooper might guide him to my path in order to get me in trouble."
According to the terms of the plea deal, Hausner was ordered to stay away from Cooper and Maisani by judge Charles Soloman. He was also sentenced to five years' probation if he stays out of trouble for a year. Anderson Cooper has not spoken publicly about the case but his lawyer, Jason Berland, said Cooper "greatly appreciates the work of the NYPD, the DA's Office and Judge Solomon in this matter." Hopefully for Cooper, the ordeal that has been going on since 2008, can finally be put to rest.