Actress Drew Barrymore had an eventful evening this week during an appearance in New York City at the 92nd Street Y in conversation with musician Reneé Rapp.
According to Fox News, Barrymore was escorted off the stage by security after a man began walking down the aisle toward her while shouting bizarre statements.
Video of the man and his statements posted to social media appear to show him advancing toward the stage while security initially believed he was walking down to take his seat.
"You know who I am. I need to see you at some point while you're in New York… OK," the man can be heard saying, prompting immediate security concerns.
A Drew Barrymore stalker was escorted out of her 92NY event with Reneé Rapp after rushing the stage. pic.twitter.com/8FKqaWzgU8
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"He had a ticket for the event. He walked down the aisle. As he got to the front, the guard saw him, thought he was taking a seat, and then all of a sudden, he just started yelling," an event organizer told Fox News Digital.
They added, "The guard immediately grabbed him, walked him across the front of the stage… the exit door is to the other side, the guard walked him across and escorted him right out into the street."
The event organizer explained that Barry more and Rapp were kept in the green room until the threat had been cleared.
"They just went into the green room, stayed for like 10 minutes. Once we assured them everything was OK, [they] came right back out and the show continued."
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The New York Police Department (NYPD) was notified of the situation, but the event organizer explained that since he technically didn't break any laws, he couldn't be charged with any crimes for his bizarre actions.
"We notified NYPD, but even NYPD said, like, 'There's nothing to charge him with.' He didn't fight it. He didn't resist," the event organizer said.
The man was said to have made similar moves in front of other celebrities, and is notorious for doing so.
Thankfully, nobody was hurt, as there's also a growing trend of audience members throwing items, like cell phones, at celebrities and performers during shows.