Ariana Grande, 28, has filed a civil harassment restraining order against a man she accused of repeatedly visiting her Los Angeles home, making death threats, and brandishing a large hunting knife.
The pop star, whose real name is Ariana Grande-Butera, alleges in the document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 14 that Aharon Zebulun Brown, 23, terrorized her home for seven months despite never providing him with her address.
Brown allegedly showed up at Grande’s residence on September 10, “brandishing a knife and yelling threatening statements,” Grande stated in her court order request statement. When confronted by her security, Brown is alleged to have remarked, “I’ll f—ing kill you and her.”
Brown attempted to flee on foot after officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrived at Grande’s residence but was later apprehended and taken into custody, detective Peter Doomanis stated in his statement.
“Upon conducting a pat-down search of Mr. Brown, LAPD officers recovered a knife from Mr. Brown’s front pant pocket,” he said.
According to online prison records, Brown is held at the North County Correctional Facility on a $140,000 bond.
Grande’s manager detailed Brown’s “sporadic” visits since mid-February this year in a court order request statement. However, in the past two to three weeks, he stated, “Mr. Brown has come to Ms. Grande’s residence nearly every day,” continuing that the pop star has never met or talked with him.
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According to Grande’s manager, the occurrences began when Brown visited her home three times in a 12-hour period in early September.
Brown began kicking Grande’s security vehicle with a knife during his second-to-last visit on the evening of September 9, her manager said. He exited the area after being pepper-sprayed by her security personnel.
Brown allegedly returned to her home three hours later with the knife and began making threats, causing security to phone 911. Authorities arrested Brown after attempting to flee.
“The fact that Mr. Brown has been regularly coming to my home for over six months terrifies me. I am also fearful because Mr. Brown has recently been coming to my home every day, has threatened violence, and has brought a weapon to my home,” Grande stated in her statement.
“Based on his threats, I am fearful for my safety and for the safety of my family. I fear that absent a restraining order, Mr. Brown will continue to come to my home and attempt to physically harm or murder me or members of my family,” she added.
A court date has been scheduled for October 5.