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From the NYPost ~
It was just a crush: Anderson Cooper 'stalker' defense
By REBECCA ROSENBERG
The mouthy loon accused of stalking Anderson Cooper told cops not to worry — he just had a harmless “crush” on the hunky anchor, according to court papers released today.
“I have a crush on Anderson, he is not in any danger,” Alex Hausner reassured a detective after he was arrested July 27.
“You’re hot,” he claimed Cooper told him when they passed each other in Union Square back in 2007. The fleeting compliment sparked a “mutual crush," he insisted.
It’s Cooper’s boyfriend, East Village bar owner Benjamin Maisani, who might have a thing or two to worry about from the Far Rockaway former psychiatric patient.
The deluded Hausner, 40, told cops that Maisani is threatened by his budding romance, delusional as it may be, with the silver-haired newsman.
“Not guilty at all!” Hausner announced at his Manhattan Supreme Court arraignment today on felony menacing, stalking and harassment charges. “These charges are nonsense.”
He then railed against Maisani in one of many emotional outbursts.
“As far as Mr. Maisani is concerned I’ve done nothing to him,” he declared. “He wants me out of the way and he’s trumping up charges.”
In the most recent incident, Hausner showed up at Cooper’s converted firehouse and kicked the red lacquered front door repeatedly yelling. “I swear to f—king God, don’t insult me,” he shouted. “I’m going to f—k you up!”
At least five times during the court appearance, Judge Daniel Conviser urged the impassioned Hausner to let his attorney speak on his behalf.
“You may say something that is harmful to your case,” the judge warned but it was to no avail.
Prosecutor Rachel Ehrhardt said that Hausner is captured on video threatening Maisani and that he called CNN the day before he was arrested.
“He stated to the head of security there ‘that if you want a war, war is about to come, the worst is about to come,’ These are extremely threatening statements,” Ehrhardt explained.
The nutjob believes the anchorman sends him subliminal messages through his telecast.
Conviser ordered a psychiatric examination and remanded Hausner who is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Cooper’s legal representative, Jason Berland, declined to comment.