William Klein, a 47-year-old divorced father of two teenage girls, was arrested after calling in a bomb threat to Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania before a One Direction concert on June 6, 2013. What drove this father to threaten thousands of One Direction fans?
William Klein tried everything to get One Direction concert tickets for his two teenage daughters. When he failed, one of his daughter’s reactions pushed him over the edge — leading him to call in a bomb threat in hopes of preventing the concert from happening. Now, the 47-year-old has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison. Was it worth it?
Father Threatens One Direction With Bomb Scare
If your daughter threatened to never speak to you again, how would you react? William Klein chose the overdramatic route. In court, William pleaded guilty to an interstate communication with threat to injure charge.
After failing to secure two tickets for his two teenage daughters to see One Direction when they performed a sold-out show nearby on June 6, 2013 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., one of his daughters threatened to never talk to him again. Pushed over the edge by the anguish of letting his daughter down, William drove to a payphone at a 7-Eleven in Northfield, N.J. and called the venue on June 5, saying: “If One Direction plays tomorrow, the stadium will blow up.”
The venue amped up security, did a bomb sweep, and checked concert-goers bags as a precaution.
Dad Gets Eight Months In Prison For 1D Bomb Threat
William was located and arrested after being recognized on surveillance footage from the 7-Eleven. During sentencing, U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane ordered William to serve an eight month term in federal prison, followed by two months of house arrest with electronic monitoring, and 22 months of probation after his release.
No word on whether or not William’s daughter has started speaking to him again.
Tell us what you think, HollywoodLifers — Did this dad take it too far?
— Lauren Cox