The self-proclaimed "gay, Jewish white supremacist" who is accused of stalking Anderson Cooper has reportedly opted out of a plea deal for now.
Queens resident Alex Hausner, who is accused of stalking Cooper and his boyfriend Benjamin Maisani for nearly six years, could've been released from jail if he'd pleaded guilty to felony menacing and aggravated harassment. Instead, Hausner, 38, argued that it was "not his intention" to menace Cooper, according to the New York Post.
“If that’s how he felt, I accept that,” Hausner is quoted by the Daily News as saying. “I don’t really know what to say other than I did do this. I will admit that I did it...I mean, I’m not aware of how my actions were being interpreted.”
Hausner will get another opportunity to plead guilty to menacing and aggravated harassment when he returns to court April 25, the Daily News added.
According to the New York Post, the Queens native and psych patient purportedly began stalking Cooper in 2008 and has claimed they were friends with “romantic overtones." Hausner even claimed he had been stalked by Maisani.
“There was no time to get to know each other,” he told the Post of his supposed relationship with Cooper. “I do love him, but we became more than just friends."