Ryan Seacrest alleged stalker pleaded not guilty to a felony stalking charge today.
Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. was arrested at the E! Entertainment Television headquarters in Los Angeles on Friday. He was carrying a knife at the time.
A court commissioner ordered Uzomah to stay 500 yards away from Seacrest if he is released from jail on $150,000 bail. He's accused of stalking Seacrest between September 15 and October 30.
In justifying the restraining order to the court, Seacrest declared, "His aggressive and violent efforts to come into physical contact with me are extremely frightening to me. They have jeopardized not only my personal safety but also the safety and well-being of those around me."
Uzomah served in the Army National Guard from 2005 to 2009 before being honorably discharged. After he was discharged, he was transferred to the Army Reserve, something the Army is now apologetic about.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks told TMZ, "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."
What a scary situation to find yourself in. This guy is clearly unstable and was walking around with a knife ready to hurt Seacrest. We're glad he's behind bars. Ryan should really consider hiring a bodyguard for a while.
Uzomah faces a maximum of four years in state prison. He is due back in court Nov. 16.