Drew Barrymore was rushed off the stage by her security during a recent interview with Reneé Rapp after an alleged stalker rushed up the stage and demanded to talk to her.
The incident took place at a 92NY panel in the New York City on Monday where Barrymore was talking with Rapp about her upcoming album, ‘Snow Angel.’ Then, Chad Michael Busto, a man in the audience said something to get Barrymore’s attention. At first Barrymore seemed to welcome him, calling out, “Oh my God, yes, hi!” As soon as she realized who he was, her positive reaction quickly changed to a negative one.
Busto started walking up to the front of the stage, saying, “You know who I am, I need to see you at some point while you’re in New York” As security intervened to stop him from gaining access to the stage, Renee stepped into immediate action and assisted Barrymore off the stage.
Who is Chad Michael Busto?
Not much is known about Chad Michael Busto except that he self-identified himself and he acted like he knew the Charlie’s Angels actress. It’s unclear if Barrymore has ever interacted with him before this. Busto hinted at the fact that she was aware of him. Guards guards escorted the man out of the auditorium.
One Twitter user alleged that Busto has several twitter accounts including handles such as @RScroomer, @zanksanders5 and @RadSad05964657. “I know him as an Amber Heard stalker, but apparently he’s moved onto Drew Barrymore? idk,” Twitter user @Blabette_ said.
Many people have since spoken up about being stalked by Busto, including @Blabette_. Twitter user @lacifelker wrote, “This man…I’ve dealt with this guy before and he thoroughly freaked me out. I’m glad that Drew Barrymore is okay. Chad Michael Busto has been arrested multiple times and has filed several cases.”
Meanwhile, the clip of the incident has gone viral on social media and people praised Rapp for having Barrymore’s back – something that the actress acknowledged once they resumed their panel after a brief delay.
“I have a new definition of your sexiness,” she told Rapp. “It’s that level of protectiveness. That went full Bodyguard. You are my Kevin Costner!”