Ryan Seacrest, Chidi Uzomah

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It's a plea so nice, he's entered it twice. And by nice, we mean naïvely optimistic.

For the second time since his bust last fall, Ryan Seacrest's scarily obsessive fan, Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony stalking and two misdemeanor counts of violating a court order to steer clear of the E! News host.

Uzomah proclaimed his innocence in court this morning for the first time since a judge ordered him to officially stand trial on the charges last month. (His case was moved to a different court, hence the need for the arraignment rerun.)

As before, if convicted on the three counts, which all stem from his knife-abetted attempt to bum rush the E! News studios last year, Uzomah faces up to four years in state prison.

A pretrial hearing has been set for March 9.


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