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The 59-year-old retired FDNY firefighter busted twice in four days outside Madonna’s Upper West Side apartment was charged today with stalking the pop icon, and he said he “won’t stop” until he actually meets the singer.
Robert Linhart appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was charged with criminal weapons possession — a Leatherman knife and a pocket knife — as well as disorderly conduct, making graffiti, possessing a graffiti instrument and resisting arrest.
After he was arrested, Linhart told cops he was allowed to be outside Madonna’s Upper West Side home.
“I can be here. This is police brutality. I have a right to do this. I am not doing anything wrong,” he told cops, according to court papers.
“I keep running into Madonna.” he added. “I saw her in 1992 and I’d actually like to meet her in person. I won’t stop until I actually meet Madonna.”
Linhart even said arresting him won’t stop him from returning.
“I’m going to go right back there [Madonna’s apartment] and do it again,” he said, according to court papers.
Prosecutors said they recovered an ice pick in his car.
Linhart had been stalking Madonna’s apartment for several days, witnesses said.
A 59-year-old retired FDNY firefighter yesterday was busted for the second time in four days outside Madonna’s Upper West Side apartment, where he displayed signs professing his love for the pop icon.
“Madonna, I need you,” said a sign strapped to the top of Robert Linhart’s SUV. “Tell me yes or no,” another sign said. “If it’s yes, my dream will come true. If it’s no, I will go. XXX.”
The answer conveyed by Madonna’s security people was a definite no. Cops wound up handcuffing Linhart and hauling him to the 20th Precinct station house.
He’s charged with criminal weapons possession — a Leatherman knife and a pocket knife — as well as disorderly conduct, making graffiti, possessing a graffiti instrument and resisting arrest. Linhart had been stalking Madonna’s apartment for several days, witnesses said. Cops on Saturday busted him on charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
“We thought he was homeless. But then we saw he had a car,” said Angel Melendez, a security guard in the neighborhood.
The Toyota SUV contained artist equipment, a firefighters’ uniform and a Paris tour guide. One of Linhart’s signs suggested he has traveled widely to stalk to the aging pop star. It said he’d seen Madonna “this year” in Prague — she gave a concert there in 2009 — and added, “Meet me, please.”
Linhart retired from the FDNY in 1998, a department spokesman said. For at least the past decade, he has lived in Huletts Landing, NY, a rural town on Lake George.
He’s only the latest in a long line of wacky Madonna-wannabe beaus.
A bodyguard in the 1990s shot and wounded Robert Hoskins, who stalked her in California and threatened to slice her “from ear to ear” if she didn’t become his wife.
Madonna testified at Hoskins’ trial in 1996, despite admitting that being in the same room with him made her “sick to my stomach.” Hoskins was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
When Madonna performed in Madison Square Garden in 2004, security guards ejected an alleged stalker who had bought a ticket to the show. And in 2000, her then-boyfriend, movie director Guy Ritchie, was accused of assault in London for slugging a stalker who admitted he was “a bit obsessed” with the star.
“Can’t we get this crane any higher? Why won’t this crane do as I say?!”
That was a frustrated but still merry Madonna last Friday in Central Park, directing the final day of shooting her labor of love, “W.E.”
Madonna as director seems to have found herself – another reinvention. She was dressed in running shoes, an unglamorous tracksuit, with her hair pulled up and sporting prim eyeglasses. She wore no makeup. For all the unflattering photos the tabloids and gossip sites love to use, she looked quite fresh. (Maybe not working out as much helps?)
Madonna was in full control but apparently getting along with her entire crew, many of whom were British. (Take that, Guy Ritchie!)
“She’s nothing like I expected,” said one member of the crew. “Not only does she know what she’s doing, she’s nice about it. And when she doesn’t know, she doesn’t pretend – she listens and absorbs.” Another said: “This has been a good experience for her, I’d say it was No Drama Madonna.”
Two of Madonna’s female stars were on hand, Abbie Cornish, looking sexy in stiletto heels and a cinched trench coat, and Andrea Riseborough, who was costumed and made up to resemble the late Duchess of Windsor, in a gray suit. The likeness was uncanny. (The movie switches back and forth between the love story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII – who gave up his throne for her – and a modern-day tale of a girl who identifies with the Duchess.)
At one point, a nearby band was noisily rehearsing for a concert in the park. Madonna pulled off her headphones, jogged toward the Bandshell (followed by 15 crewmembers and about 200 onlookers). She asked the band if they could hold off for about an hour. “I’ll be done by then, I promise.” She returned to the set giggling, “You know what they were called? Ween. I don’t know, I think I’m just overtired, I find that hilarious.” One of the crew asked how she’d gotten them to stop. “Well, I had to beat them up. We had a big rumble. Everybody knows what a tough broad I am.”
Yeah, tough. All five feet four of her. She looked more like an elf than one of the most iconic showbiz figures of all time.
Then it was back to business. The troublesome crane? Madonna eyed it warily. “It was so expensive. I’m going have to tour again to pay for that damn thing.” Then she grinned. “Hmm … you know, Ween has a crane, and I think theirs is bigger. I wonder if they’d do a girl another favor?”
In the end, the sweeping skyline shot that Madonna wanted simply couldn’t be achieved. She took it like a trooper and mingled with her “guys” until all the equipment was packed up and ready to go. She said, “You know, it’s funny, this is the last day of shooting, and we’re shooting the last scene. The first day we shot, in England, we shot the very first scene of the movie. Everything else was out of sequence, the way it usually is when you make movies. It’s unique for it to happen this way. I hope it’s a good sign.”
I asked her if she’d enjoyed directing and if she missed performing and recording. “I loved it. It was the most consuming, difficult thing I’ve ever done.” (If a task is not difficult, Madonna cannot relate.) “As for the rest, I’m sure I’ll perform again, but this job isn’t over. Now comes the editing!”
Madonna – her own story is far from over.
Madonna is currently directing a film called W.E., which has some scenes in Central Park. Unfortunately, some of the filming took place September 17, the same day as a Ween concert, and the director found their soundcheck distracting. According to Hidden Track via Gene Ween’s Facebook, Madonna herself ran up to the stage and demanded to speak to the band. They didn’t come out.
The pop icon bought a few minutes during her conversation with [Ween’s manager] as soundcheck was delayed until approximately 5:30.
another track recorded for American Life