No charges after Simon Cowell hit by eggs in TV show

LONDON Sun Jun 9, 2013 2:40pm EDT

Judge Simon Cowell poses at the season two premiere of the television series ''The X Factor'' at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Judge Simon Cowell poses at the season two premiere of the television series ''The X Factor'' at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 11, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - A woman who threw eggs at international talent show guru Simon Cowell during the finals of the popular television contest "Britain's Got Talent" will not face charges, show organizers said on Sunday.

Cowell was one of four judges watching two brothers singing during the live televised performance on Saturday night when a viola player ran from the back of the stage and threw several eggs at him before being removed by security staff.

Cowell removed his jacket and the show continued.

The woman was later named as Natalie Holt, 30, a member of the brothers' backing group, who had competed in the same talent show last year with her string ensemble Raven Quartet, without much success.

"As a result of her misguided actions, the police were called. However, we have decided to take no further action at this stage," said a spokeswoman for the show.

In the statement, released by the show's organizers, Holt apologized to the brothers, Richard and Adam, for overshadowing their performance, saying she realized that "it was a silly thing to do".

But she was less contrite in comments to the Telegraph website, saying: "I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry."

Cowell is the mastermind behind global TV franchises such as "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" that are often accused of creating overnight stars without real talent, and of fuelling a culture of celebrity.

Cowell has become a household name in his native Britain through appearing as the acerbic judge on several of his shows.

The seventh series of "Britain's Got Talent" was won by a Hungarian shadow dancing group called Attraction, who took home 250,000 pounds ($380,000) and will perform for Queen Elizabeth.

The final was watched by an average of 11.1 million people, on a par with last year's final.

(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (2)
annmac38 wrote:
Not prosecuting her only will encourage her–and next time it could be more than eggs.

Jun 09, 2013 5:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Onamii wrote:
Prosecute. No reason to encourage this kind of thing. She ruined someone else’s performance to make a statement she doesn’t actually believe in. She was fine with Simon and his shows when she competed the year before and suddenly, because she couldn’t hack it, now Simon and his shows are ‘the devil.’

Here she acted like a spoiled brat and deserves the full consequences of her choices. More so to demonstrate that people have to have willpower and restraint, we can’t all just throw eggs at people when we’re in a bad mood. It’s evident by this behavior that she’s rarely if ever held accountable for her actions. Not holding her accountable now, is just reinforcing for her that this kind of thing is perfectly fine.

Jun 09, 2013 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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