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Anderson Cooper's alleged stalker fit to stand trial

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Jan 22, 2014 | 5:22pm EST

A man charged with stalking revered U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper has been declared fit for trial after undergoing treatment in a mental health facility. Alex Hausner, who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic at the age of 12, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Tuesday (21Jan14), when Justice Charles Solomon reviewed a report by medics at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, where the 38 year old had been treated for about two months last year (13). The case was adjourned until 25 February (14) to allow prosecutors time to discuss a possible plea deal with Hausner's lawyer, Wendell Cruz, who hopes to strike an agreement which will involve further psychological treatment instead of jail. The suspect's bail was set at $75,000 (£46,875), reports the New York Daily News. He was slapped with harassment, menacing and stalking charges following his arrest last July (13), when he allegedly tried to kick down the door of the CNN broadcaster's New York home and threatened Cooper and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.

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