Two days after his ex-girlfriend, Terri Seymour, was attacked outside Los Angeles’s Nokia Theater, the backdrop for the American Idol finale, Simon Cowell stopped by Ryan Seacrest’s radio program to discuss the matter.
“She was attacked outside,” Cowell told Seacrest, adding that he’s still friendly with his former flame. “Literally, a frenzied attack. Nearly strangled. A hundred percent serious. She called me, and yeah, she was attacked outside.”
Janice Thibodeaux, the woman behind the attack, has been charged with misdemeanor battery and assault. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $12,000. Thibodeaux claims she attacked Seymour in retaliation for Cowell’s lighthearted restraint of Paula Abdul during Idol two weeks ago.
Cowell said he thought it was a joke, at first. “Naturally, I assumed it was somebody who was jealous,” Cowell said. “I don’t know, it was just some crazy girl. She’s locked up. It was bad. I really, really felt sorry for [Seymour]. You know what? I was there for her, Ryan. That’s the important thing. And I always will be.”
During the interview, Cowell compared Idol winner Kris Allen to “a little puppy dog,” and said he didn’t feel Allen was the best singer in the bunch. He added that he thought judge Kara DioGuardi, who flashed her bikini during the last episode, has a great body for a women “her age,” and blasted the song she wrote for the Idol champ, “No Boundaries.”
“How awful was that song? The song. Mountains, hurricanes, rivers, oceans,” he lamented. “Its probably the most cliched song I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s literally like ‘The Moon in June.’ “
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