Police said former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark was arrested early this morning (July 31) in North Little Rock, Ark., on drug charges and for an outstanding warrant from Arizona.

Police said former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark was arrested early this morning (July 31) in North Little Rock, Ark., on drug charges and for an outstanding warrant from Arizona.

Clark was disqualified after reaching the finals of the popular television show's second season in 2003 for failing to reveal a previous arrest. He later claimed to have had an affair with "Idol" judge Paula Abdul and said she paid some of his expenses and promised to fund his career. Abdul denied his allegations.

Pulaski County Sheriff's spokesman John Rehrauer said that Clark was being held at the Pulaski County jail pending a court appearance today. Rehrauer said that Clark was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at about 2:30 a.m.

North Little Rock police officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

A warrant was issued for Clark after he failed to appear in an Arizona court on a summons stemming from an arrest last year for violating a court order and trespassing.


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