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Bella Hadid's Alleged Stalker Brian Perez Refuses Plea Deal, Thinks Case Will Be Dismissed
Alleged stalker Brian Perez believes the case will be dismissed, though he has not said how or why.
The man accused of stalking the model Bella Hadid outside her New York City home has refused a plea deal that would have let him escape jail time.
Prosecutors offered Brian Perez, 37, a deal which would have allowed him to plead guilty to aggravated harassment and stalking in exchange for time-served, according to The New York Daily News. Hadid would also be granted a final order of protection from him.
Perez believes the case will be dismissed, though he has not said how or why. The case will resume June 4.
Perez was arrested in February. He had sent Hadid a series of threatening messages on Instagram and claimed he would be showing up at her residence in Manhattan's East Village.
"You want me to come? I'm going to come there now," he allegedly wrote in a message on February 7, according to the Daily News. "Please don't make me come all the way down there and then there's a situation with your security or something."
"You know you could have gotten me in trouble yesterday," Perez allegedly posted the next day on his Instagram page, after an altercation at the home.
Perez had attempted to rush inside the building at around midnight. He was tracked by Hadid's security team after leaving the premises, leading to his capture by police, according to TMZ.
Hadid was granted an order of protection on February 9, shortly after the arrest. Hadid said she did not know Perez and had never given him her address. In a criminal complaint, Hadid said Perez "caused her to fear for her physical safety" and to "feel anxious and nervous ... harassed, annoyed and alarmed," according to E!.
Perez's criminal history includes 12 arrests for offenses such as drugs charges, reckless endangerment and motor vehicle infractions.
[Photo: Bella Hadid by Mike Pont Getty Images]