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A Brooklyn man accused of stalking Taylor Swift at her Manhattan homes erupted with rage during a court appearance Saturday.

Joshua Christian, 35, demanded that he be allowed to ditch his court-appointed defense lawyer, and instead represent himself, during Saturday's testy arraignment hearing.  

At one point he turned to the courtroom and sniped: 'Are you all the biggest jokers in history or actually real? Prove you're real.

Prove you're real.'   

The Crown Heights man is accused of sneaking through the unlocked door of one of Swift's TriBeCa homes in March, and hurling threats through the intercom of her neighboring property in June.

He's also said to have shown up at Swift's Tennessee home at an undisclosed date. 

The New York Post reported that Christian was arrested Friday. 

He was charged with stalking and criminal trespass for stalking 32 year-old Swift's New York apartment on Friday.

Christian has a prior arrest in Florida for 'reckless driving' and did not waive his extradition back there to answer the warrant. 

 Joshua Christian, 35, pictured here, allegedly freaked out before being led out of the courtroom by officers during his arraignment on Saturday at Manhattan Criminal Court. 'Are you all the biggest jokers in history or actually real? Prove you're real. Prove you're real,' Christian said to the courtroom

Christian, pictured in court Saturday, allegedly sneaked into one of Swift's homes in Manhattan through an open door, and made threats through the intercom of a neighboring property that the star also owns

Taylor Swift, pictured, is looking bedazzled in white two-piece ensemble during a 2021 awards ceremony 

A prosecutor said Christian had a prior arrest in Florida for reckless driving, the Post reported. 

The outburst took place after Judge Abraham Clott asked him if he wanted to waive extradition.

Christian, wearing a white ensemble from head to toe with matching mask, had a conversation with his lawyer, prompting the judge to hold over the case until night court started, the news outlet said.

He was led out by court officers after his unruly behavior. 

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Christian's stalking spree happened twice within the last few months, at Swift's  Tribeca residence located on Franklin Street, where she reportedly owns several units.

The manic fan reportedly stood outside Swift's townhouse lurking and waiting for the singer to surface.

The dates of the stalking incidents occurred between March 26, at approximately 11:05 am and again on June 12 around 10:50 am, according to reports.

Christian's stalking spree started months ago when he showed up on two separate occasions residential buildings located on Franklin Street, where the singer reportedly owns several units.

During the March incident, the obsessed fan gained entry through an unlocked door, at 153 Franklin Street location, where Swift owns an $18 million townhouse, The New York Post reported.  

 Police said he remained he there 'unlawfully,' and took flight after he was confronted by security, the news outlet reported.

The second instance occurred just last month when Christian reportedly slipped into the building at 155 Franklin Street and 'made threats through the intercom toward a 32-year-old female,' police said, The Post reported.

This isn't the first time Swift has been a target of stalkers. 

In 2018, a man broke into her Tribeca townhouse and took a nap, police said.

That same year, a Colorado man armed with a knife, rope and ammunition, was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift, CBS News reported. 

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Jeopardy! announces major event to honor Alex Trebek and 4 other ‘show pioneers’- but one late star is snubbed

JEOPARDY! has announced a MAJOR new event to honor Alex Trebek and four other "show pioneers."

But one late star was snubbed with fans left wondering why "no one reached out."

6Jeopardy! has announced its 1st ever Hall of Fame ceremonyCredit: Getty 64 other gameshow greats were chosen, but an 'essential figure' was snubbedCredit: Jeopardy/Twitter

Jeopardy! is currently on summer break and is airing reruns until Season 39 is broadcast starting September.

But in the meantime, the treasured trivia show has announced something quite meaningful - a brand new Hall of Fame.

Executive Producer Mike Davies shared on the podcast Inside Jeopardy! on August 8th: "Ahead of the Tournament of Champions, we will be hosting a special ceremony here on the SONY lot."

"For the first time in Jeopardy!'s 58-year history, we will announce the inaugural Hall of Fame class, the inductees for 2022."

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Podcast co-host and producer Sarah Foss revealed they'll add five more legends per year.

"In future years we will induct great champions of show. This year we wanted to focus of the pioneers of the program, those people who've contributed to the legacy of the show."

The show timed the event so host Ken Jennings, 48, and the still-unannounced Tournament of Champions players will be there.

They picked who they felt were its five most important figures in its history - not everyone agreed.

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They chose media mogul Merv Griffin - the creator and once-executive producer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! (writing its iconic "Think Music" theme song) and his ex-wife Julanne Wright.

Next up is the late Alex Trebek - who hosted from 1984 until his passing in 2020.

Fourth is Harry Friedman - who lifted the show's 5-game cap as EP leading to champions like Ken.

Finally, last but not least is announcer Johnny Gilbert, 94 - who was with the show since Alex's first day.


However, fans were upset one famous figure was overlooked for the all-important first round; Art Fleming, who was the show's original host starting in 1964 before Alex.

One Reddit user asked when the news broke: "Where's Art Fleming and [his announcer] Don Pardo?"

"Uh. Art Fleming!! Hello??" fumed a second.

"Gotta have someone for next year. We're going to run out of 'Hall of Fame' people associated with Jeopardy! if we're doing 5 per year." defended a third.

"I wonder if they 'don't count' because it was a different iteration?" wondered a fourth.

A fifth replied: "If that's the reason, it's not a very good one."

"They even have a clip of Art Fleming's version in the opening sequence."

And a sixth: "I have to agree with others... If they just didn't reach out to Flemming's family as the excuse(?), it seems like they should have done that."


EP Mike perhaps presciently explained away the exclusion during his announcement.

"One name suggested to me was Art Fleming," he said.

"I would love get in communication to those close to him around him to honor him in the future."

The event will take place "outdoors" and each inductee will have a family member - or themselves - there to accept.


Merv Griffin and Julanne's son will be there for his induction as Merv passed away in 2007, the execs shared.

As producer Sarah explained on the podcast, "Julanne came up with idea of Jeopardy! ... "on a plane."

Indeed, it was Merv's wife who flew in the show's iconic questions-in-the-form-of-answers format.

The idea was intended to circumvent game show rigging laws which led to a federal investigation in the 1950s, per The Smithsonian.

With a gust of gameshow grit, she asked her then-husband: "Well, why don’t you give them the answers? And make people come up with the questions?”

The rest is history.

Meanwhile, Merv wrote the Jeopardy! theme music as a "lullaby to his son," the execs also shared in their announcement.

"It took him less than a minute and Merv has admitted that tune has made him a fortune."

Alex Trebek's widow Jean Trebek, 59, "will be here to accept" his induction they added.

"He is heart and soul of this show."

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Meanwhile, announcer Johnny - who records the "this is Jeopardy!" voiceover from his at-home studio - "will be here to accept his hall of fame award."

"I can't wait to give him a big hug," producer Sarah shared.

6Alex Trebek's widow Jean Trebek will accept in September on his behalfCredit: Getty 6Merv Griffin & Julann Elizabeth Wright Griffin's son will celebrate their Hall of Fame inductionCredit: Getty 6Johnny Gilbert will be in-person for the big ceremony as will former EP Harry FriedmanCredit: Getty 6The late Art Fleming, Jeopardy!'s original host, did not make the first 5 'pioneers' & execs 'aren't in touch with his family'Credit: Getty

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