Halle Berry has received death threats from a psycho stalker who was once arrested and incarcerated for stalking Madonna. Berry is reportedly so terrified that she wants to move to France with her boyfriend, Olivier Martinez. The only problem is she naturally wants to take her daughter with her, and her evil ex is determined to prevent her from leaving the country with their child. Ah, relationships.
Of course, the real star of this grotesque drama is neither Berry, her daughter, or her baby daddy, but it's a guy named Robert Hoskins. Back in the day, circa 1995, Hoskins was fixated on Madonna. He believed the Material Girl was his wife, And he was mad as hell when he realized she didn't share his delusion. He threatened to "slice her throat from ear to ear and also...kill her bodyguards." And he obviously meant what he said because he was subsequently arrested for breaking into her house and trying to steal her bodyguard's gun. Madonna's bodyguard shot Hoskins, but unfortunately, the psycho survived. He served 10 years in prison. On the day he was released, an inside source claims Hoskins declared:
"F*** Madonna, I want to cut Halle Berry's throat."
Hoskins' future plans didn't exactly sit well with the authorities, so even though he'd served his time for his hijinks at Madonna's house, they committed him to Metropolitan State Hospital, a mental institution near Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he escaped on February 7, and he's wandering around out there somewhere in LaLa-land obsessed with murdering La Berry. Oh well, looks like the Material Girl's gain was the Bond Girl star's loss.
"Friends are scared for her life," says an insider. "Robert Hoskins wants to kill her. She is terrified for her safety."
As well she should be. According to the LAPD, Hoskins always travels armed with a knife and a gun.
The real question in this sad and bizarre tale is: Why on earth wasn't this lunatic incarcerated in a more secure mental facility? It is astonishing that an obviously insane individual somehow managed to get past both human guards and electronic security equipment. And why was he ever released from prison in the first place? A street kid selling crack goes to prison for 20 years. A nutjob breaks into a pop star's house intent on murdering her and he's out in 10. Forget about justice. What happened to old-fashioned logic?
Good luck, Halle. Hang in.
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of two booksÂ—A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.