The benefits of being famous are endless: free swag, endless amounts of money, and legions of adoring fans.
Unfortunately, for many stars, fame comes at a heavy price: a total lack of privacy and a threat to their safety. From Cameron Diaz to Eva Mendes, these 12 Latino stars have all dealt with crazed fans, kidnappers, or stalkers:
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Selena Gomez appears to be a magnet for stalkers.
In January of 2012, a judge granted Gomez a three-year restraining order against a crazed stalker named Thomas Brodnicki. Brodnicki, 46 at the time, travelled from Illinois to Los Angeles to meet the star, and claimed to talk to God about killing her. In early 2014, Brodnicki violated the conditions of the restraining order when he sent Gomez an e-mail that read, “I love you more with each passing day.” Creepy.
To top it off, Gomez dealt with another stalker in recent months. Authorities arrested a homeless man, Che Cruz, on March 30, 2014 when they found him hiding in Gomez’s guesthouse in Calabasas, Calif. A judge ordered Cruz, 20, to stay away from Gomez and her property, and sentenced him to 45 days in jail. He served seven day of his sentence, and -- just hours after his release -- promptly returned to the Mexican-American singer’s house. So scary! Authorities re-arrested Cruz and booked him in jail.
In 2010, a Bronx man named Grim LeRogue stormed the field of Yankee Stadium in a bizarre attempt to impress Cameron Diaz, then-girlfriend of baseball star Alex Rodriguez. LeRogue later told investigators he hoped to win Diaz's heart by choking Rodriguez. Reportedly, the stalker also scrawled menacing sentiments about A-Rod across the walls of his apartment. Authorities allegedly also found a picture in LeRogue's pocket of Rodriguez with his face crossed out and a drawing of a gun pointed at his head.
In 2002, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan accused Venezuelan actor, Juan Carlos Diaz, of stalking them. Diaz appeared in the video for 'Nadie Como Tu', and subsequently stalked the family at their local gym and school. He even tried to befriend their son, and invaded the couple's home on two separate occassions. Diaz then accused Emilio Estefan of making unwanted sexual advances against him, and announced he would file a petition for a restraining order.
The Estefan's reponded by requesting a restraining order of their own. The judge sided with them, and barred Diaz from going near the couple, their family, or their residence.
Kat Von D requested a restraining order in 2012 against a man who followed her in person and via social media. The tattoo artist alleged that a man named Michael Nunn attempted to contact her online in April of 2012. The initial contact soon turned into a visit to the reality TV star's business. Soon, he began calling her private residence from the street outside her house. In December of 2012, a judge granted Von D a three-year restraining order against the stalker.
Eeeek! In August 2013, authorities found a man at Jennifer Lopez's Hampton's house. The worst part? He lived on the property for several days before anyone noticed! Police arrested John M. Dubis and charged him with burglary, stalking, and criminal contempt. Luckily, Lopez and her family were not at home at the time.
In 2011, a judge granted a restraining order against Steve Cintron, a man accused of stalking then-17-year-old Jasmine Villegas. Cintron posted over 75 videos on YouTube threatening violence against the singer. In several of the videos, he allegedly weilded weapons such as a gun and machete knives. He also sent the young star numerous terrifying messages and tweets. One read, "You're dead Jasmine. I swear to God I'm going to kill you. I will blow your f*cking head off bitch."
An L.A. Superior Court judge granted Jasmine V's request, and required Cintron to stay at least 100 yards away from Villegas for the next three years.
The worst part about Nicole Richie's stalkers? Someone paid the two men to do it!
In 2009, the designer and actress requested a restraining order against two members of the paparazzi, Eduardo Arrivabene and Ivon Emilio Melo Miguel. Richie blamed the two men for causing a car crash that took place in Beverly Hills in October 2009. She also claimed that Miguel trespassed at her home. An L.A. judge required that the men stay 50 yards away from Richie and her family.
In June 2011, Eva Mendes obtained a restraining order against a New York man who believed he had a relationship with the actress and thought she "was willing to die for him."
John C. Luna harassed Mendes for several years, sending her notes and audio recordings -- including one where he talked about moving to California to find her. Later, he also showed up at her Los Angeles home unannounced.
Mendes told authorities she lived in "constant fear", and a judge prohibited Luna from coming with 100 yards of the star, her home, her car, or her workplace.
This is terrifying! In September of 2002, kidnappers targetted the family members of Mexican pop star, Thalia. Two of her sisters, Ernestina Sodi and Laura Zapata, fell prey to kidnappers as they exited a play. The criminals requested a $1 million ransom, and released Zapata a week later. They held Sodi captive for a month before releasing her unharmed.
Ashanti's stalker just won't go away.
Devar Hurd already served several years in prison for stalking the Dominican singer. Following his release from jail earlier this year, he immediately resumed hounding her.
Hurd told the judge that were no text messages and no emails to the singer, despite prosecutors' claim that he sent over 100 messages to Ashanti, including graphic sexts. Hurd pled not guilty to the charges in the ongoing case.