John Mayer has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man who allegedly began harassing him earlier this year and posted public anti-Semitic threats.
A judge has ordered Ryan Jeremy Knight, 39, to stay at least 100 feet away from the singer and his home, E! News reports. Knight reportedly has an extensive criminal record that factored in to the decision, according to the outlet. He will return to court on Aug. 27, at which point a judge will decide if a permanent restraining order will be issued.
Court documents allege that Knight first began harassing Mayer, 41, in March, when he started stalking the singer before eventually progressing to using social media to share threats against Mayer and his team, according to E! News.
On one occasion, Knight seemed to refer to Mayer’s father’s Jewish heritage, and said to Mayer, “I’ve put many a jew in the hospital,” according to the declaration obtained by the outlet. On other occasions, Knight allegedly referred to famous murderers Ted Bundy and Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon.
The situation escalated considerably on June 28, when Knight allegedly showed up at the North Carolina venue where Mayer was performing. However, he was not given the chance to interact with Mayer because the singer’s security team spotted him and removed him from the premises, according to the outlet.
The combined instances have caused Mayer to “suffer substantial emotional duress,” his team reportedly wrote in court documents.
E! News has reached out to Mayer’s team for comment on the situation but Mayer has yet to publicly address it.
Mayer is currently in the midst of a world tour, according to his website.
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