The man who rushed the stage at a New York City panel event featuring Drew Barrymore Monday (Aug. 21, 2023) was arrested today after being detained Thursday (Aug. 24, 2023) near the star’s home in Southampton, Long Island.
The arrest of Chad Busto was confirmed by Southampton Chief of Police James Kiernan, who said additional details on the incident will be forthcoming
During the original incident, security guards were able to hold the man back. He yelled: “You know who I am. I need to see you at some point while you’re in New York.”
Before being rushed off the stage with singer Renee Rapp, Drew acknowledged the man and said: “Oh my god, yes? Hi!” The neighborhood he was reportedly ‘going door-to-door’ at was in Southhampton. Luckily, Drew was apparently not home while he was there, the New York Post reported.
The publication said that the man was wandering the neighborhood searching for Drew’s estate. He allegedly “walked onto some steps outside.” Law enforcement told TMZ there was an “ongoing investigation” into the situation.
This alleged stalking situation comes immediately following Drew opening up about her struggles with her mother. She became incredibly candid about their difficult relationship.
She told New York magazine: “I don’t want to live in a state where I wish someone to be gone sooner than they’re meant to be so I can grow. I actually want her to be happy and thrive and be healthy. But I have to f***ing grow in spite of her being on this planet.”