March 10, 2010 03:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
Chidi Uzomah Jr., a man accused of stalkingÂ American Idol hostÂ Ryan Seacrest, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to felony stalking charges. Uzomah reportedly beat up one ofÂ Ryan Seacrest‘s security guards last fall in an effort to see theÂ American Idol host. Keep reading for all the chilling details…
Chidi Uzomah Jr., the 25-year old Los Angeles man accused of stalkingÂ American Idol hostÂ Ryan Seacrest, appeared in court on Tuesday for felony stalking charges. Uzomah pleaded no contest to one count of felony stalking. He was sent to prison to undergo 90 days of psychiatric evaluation before being required to return to court on June 14.
In September, Uzomah was arrested for attacking a security guard at a charity event when trying to get close toÂ Ryan Seacrest. Uzomah was sentenced to 15 days in prison and three years of probation after pleading guilty to the assault. The man was also ordered to stay away from theÂ American Idol host, but according to Seacrest, Uzomah came looking for him at the KIIS-FM studios on October 2.
In NovemberÂ Ryan Seacrest filed a restraining order against Uzomah, statingÂ ”His aggressive and violent efforts to come into physical contact with me are extremely frightening to me. They have jeopardized not only my personal safety, but also the safety and well-being of those around me.”
Uzomah’s most recent charges stem from a visit to the E! headquarters on November 30, 2009. The man allegedly showed up and tried to gain access toÂ Ryan Seacrest.Â He was later arrested and found to be armed with a pocket knife. According to LAPDÂ Detective Smith,Â theÂ American Idol starÂ told her that he was “very intimidated by Mr. Uzomah’s presence, by his size” after being informed that the man was waiting at the E! building to see him.
Because of Uzomah’s no-contest plea,Â prosecutors will drop two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.
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