AN INTRUDER who broke into Eminem's home told the rapper he was there to kill him, police said Wednesday.
The rapper, born Marshall Mathers, awoke one day in early April to find a man standing behind him in his Clinton Township home, officer Adam Hackstock testified.
The rapper originally thought the intruder was his nephew, Hackstock said. But police later identified the person as Matthew David Hughes.
Hackstock said it was discovered during the preliminary investigation that "when Mr. Mathers asked [the intruder] why he was there, he was told by Mr. Hughes that he was there to kill him."
Richard Glanda, Hughes' attorney, said his client denies he said that.
"I'm not sure where [Hackstock's statement] came from," he said, adding "there was no physical contact between the two in the house."
Hackstock also said he arrived at the property to find a security guard tackling Hughes to the ground, saying Hughes reportedly uttered "friend" and said he lived nearby.
The officer's testimony said Eminem led Hughes through his home to the exit, and added a brick was found near a shattered window in the home.
Detective Dan Quinn also said Wednesday surveillance footage showed Hughes was on the property for "quite some time" before he entered through the window.
Glanda, who was appointed by the court to defend Hughes, asked for an evaluation of his client, but Hughes refused.
"In my opinion, I think there’s some sort of mental issues involved here," Glanda said. Hughes is believed to be homeless.
Hughes was charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property. He has been in custody since the incident.
Hughes is due back in court on September 28 and is being held on $50,000 bail, with the judge adding Eminem's fame was not a factor in his decision.
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