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Man gets two years in jail for stalking Ryan Seacrest
June 14, 2010 / 7:29 PM / 7 years ago

Man gets two years in jail for stalking Ryan Seacrest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Monday sentenced a man to the maximum sentence of two years behind bars for stalking “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

<p>Television personality Ryan Seacrest arrives at the E! 20th Birthday Celebrating Two Decades of Pop Culture, in West Hollywood, California, May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas</p>

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Fisher imposed the sentence on Chidi Uzomah Jr, 26, after he pleaded no contest -- the legally equivalent of a guilty plea -- to stalking.

Uzomah was arrested in October 2009 at the offices of E! entertainment television, where Seacrest works. He had a pocket-knife with him, police had testified.

The arrest came less than two months after Uzomah got into a confrontation with a security guard assigned to protect Seacrest at a charity event.

Along with the prison sentence, the judge also ordered Uzomah to stay 500 yards away from Seacrest and his workplace for 10 years.

Seacrest is a radio and television personality best known for hosting top-rated reality TV show “American Idol,” where amateur singers compete for a record deal.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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