Through the years, Dancing with the Stars has gotten many fans, and maybe a few stalkers for its stars. But this week, a stalker was arrested on the Dancing with the Stars studios with some rather unpleasant items on his person, perhaps for use on contestant Shawn Johnson. As a result, Shawn Johnson has gotten a restraining order against her alleged stalker, Robert O’Ryan, as disturbing details come out about what he might have been doing.
On Monday, before the latest Dancing with the Stars episode, Robert O’Ryan was arrested on suspicion of jumping the fence on the studio lot where Dancing with the Stars is filmed. But the story did not end there, after police got a look at O’Ryan’s car.
According to police, the stalker’s car had loaded guns, duct tape, zip ties, and a map to Johnson’s house. The worst was immediately assumed, leading Johnson to take action by filing a restraining order yesterday.
A declaration filed by Shawn Johnson’s mother, Teri, alleges more disturbing behavior and beliefs on the stalker’s part. According to him, O’Ryan believes that he and Johnson are meant to have a child together, and that she speaks to him through ESP from the Dancing with the Stars dance floor.
Shawn Johnson is reported to be fearful for her life, and got a court order for O’Ryan to stay 100 feet away from her, her family, and her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas.
In the past, bizarre and unsettling behavior such as this was attached to American Idol. Last year, Dancing with the Stars’ closest reality show competition got a famed stalker attached to it, when Paula Abdul was stalked by a woman who killed herself in front of her house.
Abdul was stalked by someone who auditioned for American Idol years ago and was a “big fan” of hers. It is unclear how O’Ryan might have begun his obsession with Johnson.
Johnson came into Dancing with the Stars as an Olympic gold medalist out to earn a new brand of fame. However, it appears she earned it in all the wrong ways from O’Ryan.
Nevertheless, Johnson will continue to try and win on Dancing with the Stars, while O’Ryan is being held on $35,000 bail for carrying a loaded gun. A hearing is set for April 14.
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Yahoo News- “Man arrested at ‘Dancing with the Stars’ studio” news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090326/ap_en_ce/people_shawn_johnson
The Superficial- “Paula Abdul’s stalker found dead” thesuperficial.com/2008/11/paula_abduls_stalker_found_dea.php