Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ryan John Seacrest 'stalker' arrested

Ryan Seacrest says he 'extremely frightened' by Mr Uzomah's actions
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been granted a restraining order against a man arrested on Friday on suspicion of stalking the star.

Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr, 25, was arrested after he entered the E! Entertainment building in LA.

Court papers say Mr Uzomah was trying to see Seacrest and that he was armed with a knife.

Mr Uzomah is on probation for another recent incident involving Seacrest, in which he attacked the star's guard.

Last month, Mr Uzomah pleaded guilty in Orange County, California to carrying a switchblade knife, assault and battery.

"His aggressive and violent efforts to come into physical contact with me are extremely frightening to me," Seacrest wrote in a court statement.

"They have jeopardised not only my personal safety but also the safety and wellbeing of those around me."

Mr Uzomah was kept in police custody on Friday night, held on $150,000 (£91,000) bail.

A court hearing on whether to grant a three-year restraining order against Mr Uzomah will be held on 17 November.

Seacrest is one of America's biggest TV stars and, as host of American Idol, fronts the country's highest-rated series.

The presenter also has a separate deal with cable company Comcast and is lead anchor on the E! Entertainment channel.

He also has a radio show on LA's KIIS-FM music station.

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