Robert Dewey Hoskins, who once threatened to murder the singer, breaks out of Californian facility

A man who was convicted of stalking Madonna has escaped from a psychiatric hospital in California.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, received a 10-year jail sentence in 1996 after he climbed over a wall around the Queen of Pop’s home and threatened to slit her throat.

According to the BBC, Hoskins was later released from prison but was arrested again last July, when he was taken to the mental health facility in Norwalk, California.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that Hoskins had “very violent tendencies” and warned members of the public not to approach him, adding: “Hoskins is highly psychotic when not taking his medication.”

During Hoskins’ trial, Madonna claimed that she had suffered nightmares about him, and claimed that he told her bodyguard that she was his wife and that “if he couldn’t have me, he was going to slice my throat from ear to ear”.

Madonna will release her new album ‘MDNA’, which is her 12th studio effort and the follow-up to her 2008 record ‘Hard Candy’, on March 26. Earlier today, tickets for her huge UK shows at London’s Hyde Park on July 17 and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on July 21 went on sale.

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