Eminem’s Home Intruder Told Him He Was There To Kill Him
A man who broke into Eminem‘s home in Michigan in April told the American rapper he was there to kill him, a police officer testified Wednesday.
Matthew David Hughes, 27, has been charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property after he broke into Eminem’s home in a gated community in Clinton Township, just outside Detroit, in the middle of the night on April 5.
Police say Hughes used a brick to smash a window of Eminem’s mansion before making his way to the rapper’s bedroom while he slept.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, woke to find Hughes standing over him. According to police, the rapper initially thought it was his nephew.
Hughes appeared in court Wednesday in shackles and a prison jumpsuit, having regrown a beard since his prior court appearance in June, Detroit Free Press reported.
“When Mr. Mathers asked him why he was there, he was told by Mr. Hughes that he was there to kill him,” Officer Adam Hackstock said on the stand during a preliminary examination in Macomb County District Court.
Doorbell camera footage taken outside Eminem’s mansion shows Hughes calmly walking up to the rapper’s home in the moments before he allegedly broke in. Hughes was filmed initially trying to open the front door. He was caught on camera peering into the home before noticing the doorbell.
Hughes is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. The judge denied a request by Hughes’ attorney, Richard Glanda, to reduce the bond, saying the victim’s fame was irrelevant to his decision.
Hughes is reportedly homeless.