Anderson Cooper has had his fair share of admirers over the years, but one ardent fan in particular has been habitually on the hunt for the silver fox, making unsolicited phone calls, and even trying to break into Cooper’s home in New York’s West Village.
Alex Hausner, a 40-year-old resident of Queens describes himself as a gay Jewish white supremacist. “He was a radical — he believed in his [Jewish] religion, and he believed in the one race, the white race,” an ex-neighbor told the New York Post. Sure that doesn’t make sense for any number of reasons — he must’ve beat himself up about it everyday — but love doesn’t have to make sense. And neither does crazy.
Hausner is a psychiatric patient and has been hounding the newshound since 2008. Though he was told “on numerous occasions” not to call Coop, Hausner apparently didn’t get the message and was ringing Anderson’s bell like a Salvation Army Santa Claus on speed. In addition, Hausner made four attempts to see his amatory anchor, including one visit last month to the $4.3 million converted firehouse Cooper shares with his boyfriend, bar owner Benjamin Maisani.
According to court papers, on June 22, Hausner tried to kick down the door and was caught on security camera shouting, “I swear to fucking God, don’t insult me! I’m going to fuck you up!” We’ve all been there, right? You just get a restraining order against you, vow to stay away from the cast of Teen Wolf and call it a gay day.
But Hausner is not your average stalker. When he was told that he “did not have permission” to be there, Hausner told the Post, “that’s not true.” Calling Maisani a “thug and a mongrel,” Hausner claimed Cooper’s boyfriend sent people after him — the cops? — citing unknown sources. He went on to say that Maisani was the one actually stalking him and that he’s totally friends with both Anderson and his dog.
“I used to give Anderson presents for his birthday, and that was encouraged,” Hausner told The Post. “I dropped some dog treats off at his house. I got some dog treats for his dog and dropped them at the door.” This was all part of their relationship, which Hausner claimed had “romantic overtones.”
The troubled neo-neo-Nazi was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail on felony first-degree menacing, misdemeanor harassment and stalking over the weekend. Though really, the only crime here is loving too damn much.
“I do love him,” Hausner said, “but we became more than just friends.” If loving, stalking and endlessly harassing someone you’ve never met is wrong, then we don’t want to be right.