Drew Barrymore was left rattled after a man was arrested and charged with stalking the actress, having amped up security following news that he was busted going door-to-door in her Southhampton neighborhood.
As reported, the movie star-turned-daytime talk show sensation is stopping at nothing to protect herself and her kids, according to a sensational report.
“She’s terrified, not just for herself but for her children,” spilled an insider with knowledge on the situation.
Chad Michael Busto, 43, of Washington, D.C. was arrested on August 24 and charged with misdemeanor stalking in the fourth degree.
The accused stalker was reportedly riding a bicycle up into private driveways and telling neighbors that he was looking for Barrymore’s residence.
He later pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and was released without bail. Busto is required to wear a tracking device for 60 days and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 12, RadarOnline.com can confirm.
The incident at Barrymore’s $6 million abode happened just days after Busto rushed the stage while she was chatting with Reneé Rapp during an event at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.
“You know who I am,” he said, as Rapp began to escort Barrymore away off stage while security stepped in. “I need to see you at some point while you’re in New York.”
Rapp later addressed her reaction to what transpired, revealing that she had “never went through anything like that before,” telling relationship guru Jay Shetty, “To me — I know it sounds very woe is me and silly — but it did scare the hell out of me.”
“He had a bag on him and I was just like, ‘OK, I just don’t know where this could go,'” Rapp said.
Prior to his arrest, Busto had also been accused of stalking actress Amber Heard, having once told stunned Wal-Mart shoppers that he proposed to the Aquaman star.
“I’m still waiting for a reply. I would like everybody’s best wishes and luck in my endeavors,” he said in a video. “We have the possibility to save ourselves in our lifetime. We are human beings suffering a terrible reality.”
The National Enquirer reported that Barrymore isn’t taking any more chances.
“Her security has been dramatically increased and is now with her 24/7. There is not going to be a moment when Drew isn’t protected,” one tipster said.
“It’s scary and annoying, but if anything bad happened, she would never forgive herself.”