By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
WAKEFIELD — The young man who was charged with willful trespassing on Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill property in December was back in court Friday after an eventful month in which he spent time in prison, had a mental health evaluation and lived at a shelter for the homeless.
The man, Vladimir Levant, 23, appeared before Judge Madeline Quirk in 4th Division District Court, attired precisely as he had been on Dec. 13, wearing long baggy shorts over tights with black combat boots and several shirts. His highlighted blond hair was cut with bangs and hung over his ears and collar.
Levant had pleaded not guilty to trying to climb over the sea wall at Swift’s mansion on Bluff Avenue. Security personnel said Levant was “clearly on the property” and ignored several commands to leave. Lavant said he was in the area for a birthday party. Swift’s 24th birthday was the day he appeared in court. Westerly Police Chief Edward W. St. Clair noted that Swift was not home at the time; the police arrested him at the property.
Levant’s demeanor on Friday was notably more subdued than it was during his first appearance. He was quiet. He did not insult the judge or the prosecutor as his case was being discussed or as he waited to be called. He sat awaiting his turn to be called with his eyes closed, appearing to sleep as the everyday court scene went on around him.
Last month, while handcuffed, he referred to sheriffs as “swine” and had harsh words for the judge on two separate occasions. He was released on a promise to appear at a later date to answer to the charges and opted for the help of a public defender. He said he didn’t understand everything that was being said because English was his third language, after Russian and Hebrew. He continued to curse, in English, as police officers surrounded him.
He said he planned to find an Israeli consulate in New York, where he had been staying, and return to his home country.
The actual location of his home has been vague throughout the proceedings.
After leaving the Washington County Courthouse last month, he found his way to Providence, where he again encountered some problems and was arrested by the police and charged with simple assault. He pleaded no contest to that charge and was held at the Adult Correctional Institutions for 30 days. His mental health screening was to be done there.
Levant told The Sun on Friday that he had stayed in a homeless shelter after leaving prison.
Meanwhile, Ross Parker, who identified himself as from the Israeli consulate in Boston, contacted The Sun after reading about Levant’s situation. Parker asked where he was staying in an effort to get him aid. Court officials said Parker had been in touch with the authorities.
The District Court trespassing charges were dismissed Friday, as suggested by Westerly prosecutor Leo Manfred, with the stipulation that Levant leave the area.
Outside the courtroom Levant said he was “thinking about staying” in the area. He also talked about getting a Social Security number and working.