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Man charged with trespassing on Taylor Swift's property ordered to stay away

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Mar 24, 2014 | 11:39am EDT

A 38-year-old man has been ordered to stay away from Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion after he was arrested for trespassing. Daniel P. Cole, from Brewster, Massachusetts, was initially escorted off the singer's Watch Hill property by police on 9 December (13), when security personnel spotted him blocking the driveway with his pick-up truck. Cops were called to the star's home once again on 21 December (13), when Cole allegedly refused to leave his vehicle and became involved in an altercation with an officer who asked him to move on. According to authorities, the 38 year old asked police to "tell the guard it was OK for him to come up to the house", before shouting obscenities as he was arrested and taken into custody. He was slapped with counts of wilful trespass and disorderly conduct on Thursday (20Mar14), and appeared before a Wakefield District Court judge on Friday (21Mar14), when a judge issued a no contact order against him, demanding he keep his distance from Swift and her home. Cole, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has since been released on his own recognisance. The country star was on her Australian tour at the time of the first incident, and it is not clear if she was at home when Cole made his second unwanted visit. Swift's security team has been on high alert in the past year after a male swimmer was arrested and booked for straying too close to the shoreline of her private beach last May (13). She subsequently had quirky new signposts installed around the building warning against trespassing, quoting lyrics from her hit single I Knew You Were Trouble. The signs read: "I knew you were trouble when you walked in. NO TRESPASSING".

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