June 14, 2010 / 7:18 PM / 9 years ago

Man gets two years in jail for stalking Ryan Seacrest

LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Reuters) - A judge on Monday sentenced a man to the maximum sentence of two years behind bars for stalking “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

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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