Arrested Stalker of Shakira in Florida Claims ‘She’s My Wife’ in Court Appearance

In a bizarre incident, a 56-year-old man from El Paso, Texas, named Daniel John Valtier, was arrested for stalking international pop sensation Shakira at her Miami Beach residence. The arrest came after a series of concerning social media posts and unwanted packages sent to the singer’s home, culminating in an attempt to approach her property. The disturbing events unfolded between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, leading to Valtier’s apprehension and subsequent court appearance.

Detectives, acting on information provided by Shakira’s security director, uncovered recordings and social media posts by Valtier expressing a delusional belief that he was married to the singer. The posts detailed his aspirations to start a business with Shakira, including plans for a trucking company, music collaborations, and a global garment manufacturing corporation. Valtier went as far as sending packages containing wine, chocolates, and toys to Shakira’s home, despite being repeatedly warned by the singer and her security team to cease these activities.

Shakira, unaware of Valtier, expressed deep concern over how he obtained her personal information, home address, and details about her family members. The affidavit indicated that the singer had no association with Valtier, raising questions about the source of the stalker’s knowledge.

On January 3, Shakira’s security team observed a social media post from Valtier hinting at his arrival at the singer’s Florida residence. He was subsequently spotted approaching Shakira’s gate in a taxi cab, leading to his arrest by Miami Beach Police. Valtier, who refused to pay the taxi fare, claimed that the homeowner was supposed to cover the cost.

During a court appearance, Valtier insisted that Shakira was his wife and claimed to communicate with her regularly. The judge, visibly concerned by his delusional statements, ordered no contact with Shakira through social media or in person. In response to potential threats to the singer and the community, the judge doubled Valtier’s bond from $50,000 to $100,000.

In addition to the stalking charge, Valtier faces accusations of attempting to defraud by hiring a vehicle. The court deemed these charges as part of a broader pattern of concerning behavior, warranting heightened precautions.

The arrest of Daniel John Valtier sheds light on the darker side of celebrity life, highlighting the challenges faced by public figures when dealing with overzealous fans. Shakira’s ordeal serves as a reminder of the importance of privacy and security, prompting a reevaluation of safety measures for celebrities in the public eye. The legal proceedings will likely unfold as authorities address the charges against Valtier and assess the potential threat he poses to both Shakira and the community.

H/T The Hill

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