NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man accused of stalking TV host and former supermodel Tyra Banks was found guilty of trespass, harassment and stalking on Thursday, prosecutors said.
A verdict against Brady Green came the day after Banks testified in New York State Supreme Court that she fears for her safety since Green threatened her assistant.
Green, 39, was arrested in March after, prosecutors say, he appeared twice at the Manhattan studio where “The Tyra Banks Show,” a daytime talk show, is filmed.
He is accused of repeatedly contacting the show, sending Banks flowers with the note “When I see you, I love you,” and threatening to slit the throat of her assistant.
“I don’t fear, like, my life,” Banks, 35, told Judge James Burke. “I feel very vulnerable. I don’t know what could happen.”
Banks, who also hosts “America’s Next Top Model,” said she had been forced to hire security and that bodyguards now accompany her at restaurants and when she goes to the movies.
Green’s attorney portrayed him as a harmless fan and said Banks courted admirers by giving them multiple ways of reaching out to her and cultivating an image of being approachable.
Green will be sentenced on June 18, and the conviction carries a maximum possible sentence of 90 days behind bars. But Burke said Green would instead be given psychiatric help.
“The Tyra Banks Show” is a syndicated program set to begin airing on the CW Network in September. The network is owned jointly by CBS Corp and Time Warner.
Reporting by Edith Honan; editing by Mohammad Zargham