Madonna stalker escapes from Los Angeles mental hospital
A man convicted of convicted of stalking and making criminal threats against Madonna in 1996, walked away from a Los Angeles-area mental hospital on February 3 where he was being held, according to a statement from local authorities.
Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, had been committed to the Metropolitan State Hospital since last year. He served a 10-year prison sentence after he was convicted of stalking the pop superstar. The singer reluctantly testified against the man, who was shot by her personal security after he jumped the fence of her Hollywood Hills home.
Hoskins was described as "highly psychotic" when not on his medication, according to the statement by police, released on February 9.
Police say they have searched areas where Hoskins may try to go, including the city of Long Beach south of Los Angeles, but they have been unable to find him.
In 2010, Madonna had an encounter with a different man accused of stalking her named Robert Linhart who was arrested outside her Central Park apartment and charged with graffiti, resisting arrest, and possession of a homemade 7-1/2-inch ice pick.
"I won't stop until I actually meet Madonna," Linhart told police after his arrest. "I am going to go right back there and do it again."
Linhart, a 61-year-old retired New York City firefighter, recently turned down a plea deal on January 18 for his weapons possession charges stemming from the arrest, according to the New York Daily News. There will be a hearing for Linhart on February 21 in New York.
The legendary singer performed hit songs like "Vogue" and "Music" on stage and also performed her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
Madonna was also joined by several more guests. Pop group LMFAO performed and sang a bit from their singles "Party Rock" and "Sexy And I Know It" alongside the pop superstar.
Cee Lo Green, who is promoting the NBC show "The Voice," which aired after the Super Bowl, came on stage to join Madonna for the final song, "Like A Prayer." The two singers, who briefly performed on an elevated platform, were joined by a choir.
On February 3, Madonna released the music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring M.I.A. and Minaj. Madonna appears in the video wearing black leather, surrounded by football players, while Minaj and M.I.A. sport cheerleading uniforms.
It was announced in December that Madonna's album would be released in late March.