EXCLUSIVE: Woman Charged With Trespassing At The Home of Ellen & Portia DeGeneres


Feb. 14 2011, Published 1:40 p.m. ET

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A female trespasser, who was arrested at the home of Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia, has been officially charged with the crime and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon, has exclusively learned.

Karen Grace Sjoden, 49, has been charged with misdemeanor trespassing in connection with her arrest last Thursday after being found on the property belonging to the talk show host and her partner.

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Sjoden was discovered on the property by a member of DeGeneres' security team.

"The property is protected by a 24-hour security team that detected and detained the intruder until she was turned over to the custody of Beverly Hills police officers who arrested her," the talk show rep's told People who broke the story.

The woman didn't make it into the house itself, and never made contact with Ellen or Portia, the rep added.

Celebrity Justice

The invaded property is a two-house compound Ellen bought in late 2007. She spent $29 million on a newly-built furnished estate and a month later, when the house next door hit the market, forked over $8.5 million for that property. The property has had a state-of-the-art security system ever since the couple moved in.

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