'Idol' Contestant Booted After Arrest Revealed

"American Idol" finalist Corey Clark has been dropped from the Fox television reality series because of an arrest last fall at his family's Topeka, Kan., home. Clark, 22, withheld information about th

"American Idol" finalist Corey Clark has been dropped from the Fox television reality series because of an arrest last fall at his family's Topeka, Kan., home. Clark, 22, withheld information about the arrest which, had it been known, "might have affected his participation in the show," the network said in a statement.

Full disclosure is required of all contestants, the network said. A misspelling of Clark's name in a police report allowed the arrest to go undetected during a background check, Fox said.

Court TV-affiliated Web site "The Smoking Gun" reported yesterday (March 31) that Clark faces trial next month on charges he assaulted his teenage sister and battled with police officers while resisting arrest. A three-count misdemeanor complaint filed by prosecutors in Kansas District Court charges Clark with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister, and criminal restraint, according to the site. The complaint was filed Dec. 4, shortly after Clark was picked to compete on the "American Idol" talent show.

Clark was one of nine remaining contestants on the hit talent search program. No decision will be made on how his absence will affect this week's shows, which air tonight and tomorrow, the network said.


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