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Clay Aiken's Alleged Stalker

I'm NOT Some Crazed Fan

I WAS CATFISHED!!!

2/6/2014 2:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Don't text strangers kids ... especially strangers claiming they're Clay Aiken ... because chances are, you're being catfished and it could ruin your life.

TMZ broke the story ... Barbara Saylor was arrested for entering Clay's North Carolina home with binoculars. She was charged with trespassing and stalking.

Barbara's attorney Ken Steinberg now tells TMZ, the 58-year-old is actually the victim ... of an elaborate catfishing scam.

We're told Barbara met Clay years ago after his "American Idol" stint -- they even exchanged contact information ... somehow, Barbara got the wrong phone number and began texting a stranger.

Barbara's lawyer says the catfisher played Barbara like a fiddle -- carrying on a non-romantic, Manti Te'o-type text relationship with her for YEARS ... leading her to believe he was actually Clay Aiken.

The scam culminated with the catfisher goading Barbara to visit Clay at his house in North Carolina ... which she did  ... and that's when she got arrested.

Barbara's attorney turned over all text records to the court to prove she was a victim, not a perp.  The case was dismissed and late last week paperwork was filed to expunge the arrest from her record.

Sadly, she lost her job over the whole thing.

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1.

campy    

Who the hell is clay aiken? wait...is he the guy that was doing masturbation videos online?

69 days ago
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bmsvds    

North Carolina. South Carolina. Which is it?

69 days ago
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B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

That blows for her. Hope she can get her job back.

69 days ago
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Poppy    

1. How long since he came out? 2. She brought binoculars. If you are invited over why do you need these.

69 days ago
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Mr. Pukey    

Gross and really gross

69 days ago
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Shane    

Same thing happened to some guy that went to the tabloids out of revenge because Aiken didn't show up at the hotel.

69 days ago
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Jughead    

Queerios and those who love them. It's a freaktard world, folks.

69 days ago
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Gretel    

Sadly she lost her job? No matter that she claims to have been catfished, she was stalking and apparently gained illegal entry. I think this story was sanitized. She sounds like a wack job.

69 days ago
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Banksy    

Lies from a obsessed fan.

69 days ago
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Jennifer    

Why would she have binoculars to meet with a "friend"?

69 days ago
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rosethorngurl    

And yet she had binoculars...what were they planning to perp on each other in the "catfish" convo? If she was supposedly invited, what were the binoculars for?

69 days ago
12.

fenuchi    

My gay roommate once told me the only difference between a gay man and a straight man was a six pack of beer and 15 minutes of dirty talk.

69 days ago
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April24    

So have to agree with this:
Why would she have binoculars to meet with a "friend"?

Sounds like a stalker.

69 days ago
14.

Janielle37    

she deserve it! He's GAY!!! What a stupid lady

69 days ago
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OneForAll    

Not too sure I believe this sob story, but you never know. She lost her job because she is crazy, not because she made a mistake. One does not simply "mistakenly" stalk someone else.

That being said, the homophobic comments on these comments are pretty silly. Seriously people? You're not funny.

69 days ago
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