The woman who reportedly tried to choke Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour outside the Nokia Theatre at Tuesday night’s “American Idol” performance has spoken out about her motives for the attack.
According to RadarOnline, Janice Thibodeaux said she was acting out of revenge after seeing Cowell playfully choke Paula Abdul during an earlier show.
“I wasn’t cool with Simon Cowell choking Paula Abdul on the show last week and with her crying out ’help’ as he did so,” Thibodeaux told Radar from jail. “Nobody said anything about that, so I wanted to confront him about it, because that is not appropriate behavior, is it?”
Radar’s report indicates that Thibodeaux, who claimed to have once been a security guard at “Idol,” had purchased a ticket for the show. According to the Los Angeles Times, Thibodeaux, 33, approached Seymour and asked if she was Cowell’s ex.
“When the victim stated that she was, the woman attacked her and attempted to choke her,” LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman told the Times.
Though Thibodeaux tried to flee on foot, the incident was allegedly witnessed by police, and Thibodeaux was arrested and charged with felony battery assault. She is currently being held on $52,703 bail.
“She was taking some photographs with her camera, and I knew she was his girlfriend so I went up to her to tell her how I felt,” Thibodeaux said. “We started arguing, and then I put my hands around her neck and started choking her just like Simon had done with Paula. Then I walked away, and I was tackled by the police, but I don’t regret what I did because of what Simon did to Paula. Nobody seemed to care about that.”
There was already a warrant out for Thibodeaux’s arrest based on traffic violations and failure to appear at court, police officials told Radar.