Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Madonna admirer held over graffiti

A retired New York firefighter allegedly scrawled messages outside Madonna's home

A retired New York City firefighter yearning to meet Madonna has been accused of scrawling messages of adoration on the pavement outside her apartment building and possessing a 7.5-inch ice pick.

Robert Linhart is charged with graffiti and criminal possession of an ice pick recovered from his car.

He is also charged with resisting arrest outside the building near Central Park.

The 59-year-old was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court. A judge set his bail at 20,000 US dollars in cash.

Defence lawyer Cheryl Bader told the Daily News there was "no threatening conduct" and it is "not a crime to adore Madonna", the singer of pop hits including Like A Virgin and Material Girl.

Police said Linhart was arrested on Tuesday.

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