A California judge has granted a civil restraining order against a man accused of stalking American Idol host and DJ Ryan Seacrest in Orange County and Los Angeles.
The order issued Tuesday morning requires Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. to keep 100 yards away from the popular television and radio personality, his home and his workplace.
The 25-year-old remains in a Los Angeles jail, charged with felony stalking. He was arrested outside Seacrest’s workplace on Oct. 30, just weeks after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident with Seacrest’s bodyguard after an event. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years of probation.
Uzomah was detained by security guards and then handed over to Los Angeles police officers.
The previous month, Uzomah tried to get into a car with Seacrest after a fundraising event at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to three misdemeanors: assault, battery and possession of a switchblade knife 2 or more inches long. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation, and ordered to stay away from CHOC and Seacrest.
In September, Uzomah was arrested after he attacked a member of Seacrest’s security team. He pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery, and possession of a switchblade.
Seacrest was not present during the court hearing in Los Angeles.
Uzomah pleaded not guilty to stalking earlier this month. It was discovered that Uzomah is a former member of the California National Guard and has served in a Special Forces battalion attached to the legendary Green Berets. He was honorably discharged in April 2009 and has since served in the Army Reserves.
Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Barks says, “We apologize to Ryan Seacrest. Pending the outcome of the local investigation, the Army will decide what further action to take. We take all matters of our personnel seriously.”
Ryan Seacrest inked a three-year deal with CKX for $45 million in July, making him the highest paid reality television host to date. CKX owns 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol.
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