Alleged Stalker Of Ryan Seacrest Arrested At E! With Knife; Host Obtains Restraining Order
First Published: October 31, 2009 1:07 AM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A man alleged to be stalking Ryan Seacrest was arrested inside the E! building on Friday, one of the media mogul’s places of work, TMZ reported.
According to the Web site, Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. had a knife on him when he was taken into custody at 9:40 AM PDT on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, a judge granted Seacrest a temporary restraining order against the man, requiring him to stay at least 100 feet away from the host.
As previously reported by the Associated Press, Uzomah pleaded guilty last month to three misdemeanors: assault, battery and possession of a switchblade knife, stemming from another incident involving Seacrest.
Police arrested Uzomah in September after he tried to enter Seacrest’s vehicle as the TV host and radio DJ left a charity appearance at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Orange County police Sgt. Dan Adams told the AP at the time that Uzomah choked one of the guards, who nearly became unconscious.
After pleading guilty to the three counts, Uzomah was sentenced to 15 days in jail, three years probation and ordered to stay away from Seacrest.
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