Terri Seymour seeks restraining order

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2009
Terri Seymour

Terri Seymour seeks restraining order

Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour has filed a restraining order against the woman accused of assaulting her, claiming she fears for her safety

Terri Seymour has filed a restraining order against the woman accused of trying to choke her.

The ex-girlfriend of Simon Cowell posted papers at Los Angeles County Court on Wednesday (27.05.09) claiming Janice Thibodeaux - who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour battery and assault after the alleged altercation - poses an ongoing threat to her safety.

In the papers, Terri says she was "viciously assaulted" by Thibodeaux, adding her alleged attacker has gone on to seek "publicity for her wrongful act and stated to the media that they were intentional and that she does not regret them".

The TV presenter also says she is concerned Thibodeaux "will again assault and further harass" her.

Terri - who was allegedly attacked outside Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, where Simon's US TV show 'American Idol' was being filmed - has asked that Thibodeaux stay 100 yards away from her home, car and work place. She also wants Thibodeaux to pay her lawyer fees, said to be over $10,000.

Terri wants Thibodeaux to keep away from her child's school and care centre, even though she does not have offspring.

The papers also detail Terri's version of the alleged attack.

She claims Thibodeaux "attacked from behind, putting her into a headlock, wrenching her neck and choking her with the full force of her 200lb frame", adding the alleged act was "brazen and deranged" and happened in front of police.

Terri claims she "could have been seriously injured or killed".

A hearing for the order is due to take place on June 16, while Thibodeaux's arraignment is scheduled for June 4.

After the alleged incident, Thibodeaux told a US website she acted after Simon Cowell jokingly pretended to choke his fellow 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul on the show.

She said: "Nobody said anything about that so I wanted to confront him about it because that is not appropriate behaviour, is it?"

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