Man ordered to stand trial in Ryan Seacrest stalking case
A man who authorities say has a history of stalking “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was ordered this morning to stand trial on charges of stalking and disobeying a court order.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Greg Dohi ruled there was enough evidence to hold Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. to answer to all charges, which include a felony and two misdemeanors. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to four years in state prison.
Uzomah, 25, was arrested last year at the E! building in the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, where Seacrest tapes a daily TV show. Uzomah already pleaded guilty in September to attacking Seacrest’s security guard outside an Orange County hospital and was ordered to stay away from the radio and TV host.
Authorities said Uzomah appeared Oct. 2 at radio station KIIS-FM (102.7) in Burbank, looking for Seacrest. Uzomah is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 2.
-- Andrew Blankstein