Police have arrested a 28-year-old man at a Taylor Swift concert in Pittsburg after it was discovered he had previously sent the pop star death threats via Facebook. Joseph Jackson was found amongst the 57,000 fans in attendance at the show over the weekend.
Although no weapons were found, the dude was clearly unstable. Apparently, Jackson had posted comments such as “Taylor Swift must perish and die” on Facebook, yet still forked out the cash for a ticket, not to mention time, energy and puffy paint expenses – when he was nicked, Jackson was holding two signs, one reading ‘I Luv You’, the other ‘Taylor Swift is with Satan’.
Swift’s security is all over this sort of stuff and notified police as soon as they spotted the man enter the venue. Once in handcuffs, Jackson reportedly told police, “Taylor Swift is Satan,” and that, “6,000 years is six days and death comes on the sixth day, so Taylor Swift is in danger.” Clearly his story didn’t check out as he was taken into custody for mental evaluation.
Attorney David Shrager has spoken to Gigwise about the situation, emphasising the need to think before you post:
“I have cases, I go into court, the prosecution has evidence of my client making statements on the internet or taking pictures of himself with firearms and putting them on Facebook pages or their Twitter accounts and that makes it very difficult for me.”
Shrager also has some sage advice for trolls and keyboard warriors:
“Don’t say anything on the internet that you wouldn’t say in front of a police officer, a judge, a prosecutor or your mother.”
Words to live by. Tay-Tay will be in town later this year, but we must remember to keep it together, guys. No creepy signs, OK?