Man, 27, arrested in break-in at Eminem's Clinton Township home

Clinton Township — A 27-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the home of rap superstar Eminem earlier this month, police said.

Matthew David Hughes is accused of breaking into the hip hop artist's home in a gated Clinton Township community on April 5, according to officials.


Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said a man police later identified as Hughes allegedly threw a brick through the kitchen door's window in the back of Eminem's house to gain entry to the house.

The incident happened at about 4 a.m. and Eminem, whose given name is Marshall Mathers, was home at the time, Maierle said.

Security for the gated community was alerted and detained the man before calling Clinton Township police.

Hughes was arraigned April 20. He was charged with first-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony, and malicious destruction of property worth between $1,000 and $20,000, a five-year felony.

Bond was set at $50,000. He is scheduled for a competency hearing on June 29.

Dennis Dennehy, a spokesman for Eminem, declined to comment on the incident.

Eminem's work features an eerily similar event. His 2013 album, "The Marshall Mathers 2 LP," features a song depicting a similar break-in, involving a suspect named Matthew. "Bad Guy" is a sequel to the popular "Stan" song from a decade prior.

In "Stan," a fan drives himself over a bridge and kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend after repeated attempts to connect with Eminem fail.

By the time Eminem gets around to sending Stan a signed hat and writing him back, he had killed himself. The fictional Matthew is the little brother of the fictional Stan.

Fictional Matthew, played by Eminem, says at one point, after driving "nine hours and 45 minutes now," to find the rapper's home:

But ain't here for ya empathy, I don't need your apology
Or your friendship of sympathy, it's revenge that I seek
So I sneak vengefully and treat your bedroom window
Like I reach my full potential, I peeked
Continue to peep, still bent low
Keep tapping the glass lightly then start to crescendo
Sneak all the way 'round to the back porch
Man, door handles unlocked, shouldn't be that easy to do this
You don't plan for intruders before hand?