Cowell's death threat terror
09:30 09 February 2005
Simon Cowell is being guarded by security staff 24 hours-a-day after receiving over 500 death threats in a week.
The 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' judge, who has reduced countless pop hopefuls to tears with his vicious jibes on both TV talent shows, has been bombarded with terrifying threats from the UK and the US warning him his life is in danger.
Cowell said: "I'm getting 500 e-mails every week and I have been threatened by people waiting for me with baseball bats. People want to kill me."
American TV bosses and Cowell are taking the threats extremely seriously after one singer who was recently rejected by the music mogul stateside was arrested for shooting a man.
The millionaire record producer is currently being guarded round the clock by six former US Special forces soldiers wherever he goes.
Cowell, 45, has even begun wearing bullet-proof body armour for extra protection, while every contestant on 'American Idol' is now being scanned by metal detectors to check for knives and guns.
The threats have also left Simon's fellow 'American Idol' judges fearing for their own safety in case they are caught in the middle of an attack.
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