Accused DeGeneres trespasser used to work in Houston

February 15, 2011 11:53:59 AM PST
A woman arrested outside Ellen DeGeneres' Beverly Hills home last week has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and says she will represent herself. District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Karen Grace Sjoden entered the plea during a hearing Monday afternoon, hours after she was charged.

Beverly Hills police have not released any information about Sjoden's arrest. Jail records show the 49-year-old woman was booked early Feb. 10.

A representative with Blue Moon Investigations in Houston confirmed that Sjoden used to worked for the company. She said Sjoden hasn't worked for them in about 10 years and isn't currently employed with the company now.

Sjoden's bail has been set at $200,000. She is due back in court on March 7, when her trial may begin.

A representative for DeGeneres did not immediately return an email message seeking comment. The 53-year-old talk show host and comedian is married to actress Portia DeGeneres.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.