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Robin Roberts, ESPY Awards

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Robin Roberts has inspired so many people over the years, mainly in positive ways. But then, on the flip side...

A 42-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to stalking and harassing the Good Morning America cohost. Troy Warren was arrested after showing up at ABC's Times Square Plaza studio at least eight times in two weeks and allegedly threatening Roberts, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

"The safety and security of the entire GMA family is a priority and we are grateful for the Disney security team and their vigilance," ABC said Thursday in a statement to E! News. "We broadcast from Times Square, one of the busiest areas of Manhattan, and are lucky to have the support of NYPD in ensuring the safety of our employees and audience."

Authorities say that Warren popped up at GMA headquarters on eight occasions between June 10 and June 24, at one point telling GMA security director Michael Centrella that he was, in effect, going to punch Roberts in the face because she owed him money.

Security called police, after which Warren was arrested.

At his arraignment yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court, he pleaded not guilty to stalking in the fourth degree and harassment in the first degree, both misdemeanors. Bail was set at $3,000 and a judge issued an order of protection mandating that Warren stay away from Roberts.

His next court appearance was set for Aug. 4.

—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum