Anderson Cooper Has a Dummy and a Stalker


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Anderson Cooper is a dummy. No, really, he is.

The CNN personality even admits it himself. Of course, he’s talking about the Anderson Cooper ventriloquist dummy his staff found for sale on eBay. The host addressed the hand-crafted item Thursday night on his AC360 show’s RidicuList.

"Why do they have such a bad reputation?" he asked, while showing a clip from The Twilight Zone. "They're not creepy at all."

The doll features Cooper’s signature white hair, piercing blue eyes and chiseled jaw-line. If you’re interested in purchasing “Mini Cooper,” it’s going to set you back a cool $360,000.

Who knows? Maybe Cooper will buy it himself, as he expressed an interest in finding out more about the art of ventriloquism.

"Except before I learn how to throw my voice, I think I should learn the art of regular talking," he joked.

Cooper surely welcomes this break from the creepy experiences he has endured by the hands of his stalker, Alex Hausner, who was declared fit for trial, this week. He is accused of attempting to kick down Cooper’s door and threatening Cooper and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.

The 38-year-old Hausner, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 12, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, where Judge Charles Solomon reviewed a report filed by Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, where Hausner received treatment last year.

Solomon postponed the trial until February 25, to give prosecutors time to discuss a plea with Hausner’s lawyer, Wendell Cruz, who will attempt to get additional medical treatment for Hausner, instead of jail time.

Hausner received harassing, menacing and stalking charges after his arrest this past July for his altercation with Cooper. His bail was set at $75,000.

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