Man accused of stalking Drew Barrymore outside East End home pleads not guilty

Police say Chad Michael Busto was allegedly riding a bike up into private driveways in Sagaponack, stating he was looking for Barrymore’s house.

Caroline Flynn

Aug 25, 2023, 9:27 AM

Updated 294 days ago


Drew Barrymore's alleged stalker pleaded not guilty to stalking in the fourth degree Friday in a Hampton Bays courtroom. He was released without bail and will wear a tracking device for 60 days. He was also ordered to stay away from the actress.
Outside court, 43-year-old Chad Michael Busto told News 12 that he is against harm and was only trying to get the celebrity’s support in his belief that he, and all citizens of America, won the presidency.
Busto said he cares a lot about Barrymore adding, “I believe we have a connection in our past and I met her after Lalapalooza at her hotel in 2007. I’ve seen her in multiple locations and I thought we had a history.”
In court the Suffolk County district attorney's office had concerns though given his extensive criminal history in several states.
Southampton police said Busto has had several incidents with the actress and talk show host, including several this week that resulted in his arrest.
On Monday while Barrymore was interviewing a singer in Manhattan at the 92Y, Busto ran up to the stage, screaming at the actress that he knew her and that they needed to talk.
On Wednesday, Busto was detained by Southampton police after receiving reports that he was riding a bike down several private residences in Sagaponeck looking for the star.
A subsequent investigation led to his arrest Thursday.
Busto told News 12 that he understood why his actions may have scared Barrymore. 
“I’m really hoping we can repair our relationship if that needs it but yeah for the duration of the case I’ll have a stay away order,” Busto said.
Busto will be back in court on Sept. 12. 

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