Woman Pleads No Contest After Choking American Idol Reporter

A woman pleaded no contest today to a misdemeanor battery charge for attacking "Extra" TV personality Terri Seymour outside the Nokia Theater after a taping of "American Idol."

Janice Thibodeaux, 33, was immediately sentenced to three years probation, 20 days Caltrans service, an anger management course and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

A misdemeanor assault charge was dismissed as a result of Thibodeaux's plea.

The case stemmed from the May 19 attack on Seymour -- the ex-girlfriend of "Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

"She came over to me and said, `You're that girl from TV, right?' And I said, `Yeah,"' Seymour said in an interview that aired on "Extra."

"... The next thing I know, this woman had me in a headlock and tried to choke me," Seymour said.

At that point, "Extra" producer David Geha said he yelled out, "What are you doing?" and lunged at the 200-pound woman, who he said let go and took off running.


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Police officers who were nearby chased the woman and arrested her.

She was released from jail May 22, one day after the misdemeanor case was filed against her.

Thibodeaux is due back in court July 16 for a progress report hearing.

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