Music mogul SIMON COWELL thought his ex-girlfriend was joking when she called him to reveal she’d been attacked on Tuesday night (19May09) - but now accepts the incident was “terrible”.
TV presenter Terri Seymour was covering the American Idol in Los Angeles when a woman attempted to choke her.
Friends helped fight the attacker, Janice Thibodeaux, off and police later arrested her, but Seymour was so shaken up by the incident she called her ex-boyfriend.
Cowell says, “(It was) a frenzied attack, (she was) nearly strangled… She called me… It was some crazy girl (who is) locked up. It was bad. I felt sorry for her (Seymour).”
The Brit, who is a judge on Idol, admits he thought Seymour was joking when she first called and then his mind went elsewhere: “Naturally, I assumed it was somebody who was jealous.”
Thibodeaux, who remains in police custody after her attack on Seymour, has told RadarOnline.com the attack was motivated by footage of Cowell pretending to throttle fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul on the show.
Thibodeaux claims she approached Seymour to confront her about Cowell’s behaviour on a recent episode, during which he placed his hands around Abdul’s neck.
She says, “I wasn’t cool with Simon Cowell choking Paula Abdul on the show… and with her crying-out ‘help’ as he did so. Nobody said anything about that so I wanted to confront him about it because that is not appropriate behaviour, is it?
“I knew she (Seymour) was his girlfriend so I went up to her to tell her how I felt. We started arguing and then I put my hands around her neck and started choking her just like Simon had done with Paula.”
Thibodeaux is facing a felony charge of battery.