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Ex-'Idol 2' finalist Corey Clark arrested, charged with drug possession


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/31/2007 

Corey Clark's long list of legal woes continues to grow.

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The disqualified former American Idol second-season finalist was arrested in North Little Rock, AR early Monday morning due to outstanding warrants and charges of drug possession, The (Springdale, AR) Morning News reported Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Terry Kuykendall, the North Little Rock Police Department's public information officer, told The Morning News that officers were dispatched around 2:45AM ET following a report of a suspicious vehicle idling in the area.  As officers approached, Clark exited from the passenger-side door and was subsequently arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to The Morning News.

However from there, things apparently only got worse for the 27-year-old Mount Juliet, TN-resident.  Once officers ran his name through state and national crime information databases, they learned that Clark had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Arizona, where he had been arrested and charged earlier this year.  According to The Morning News, Clark's Arizona arrest and warrants stemmed from aggravated harassment and interference with judicial proceedings charges.

North Little Rock police then contacted Arizona officials and agreed to hold Clark for up to 15 days while the extradition process begins, according to The Morning News.

Clark appeared as an Idol 2 finalist during the Spring 2003 edition of the Fox mega-hit.  But instead of being shown the door due to home viewer votes, he was booted by the show's producers for covering up his arrest for battery against his then teenage sister as well as prior lawsuits against him for passing bad checks.  In a plea-bargain, Clark subsequently pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of obstruction of process and received a suspended sentence and probation. 

However Clark didn't go quietly and instead alleged that he and Idol judge Paula Abdul had a sexual relationship while he was competing on show. In addition, Clark alleged that Abdul had helped him with his song choices and wardrobe, only to stop returning his calls once he was disqualified.  A Fox investigation cleared Abdul of any wrongdoing but both she and Clark received a good ribbing from the media.

In June 2005, Sacramento, CA police were called to Clark's hotel room after other guests reported hearing a fight. Clark and his ex-girlfriend both reportedly had scratched arms and she was also bruised.  Clark was given a summons for a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and released; described the incident as a "huge misunderstanding;" and the charges were eventually dropped.

As of last December, Clark was reportedly working construction in Nashville.


(Photo credit Fox)


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