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Hard Corey

Another ''Idol'' finalist faces charges. Corey Clark is due to face charges of assaulting his sister and resisting arrest on April 15

American Idol | SIBLING RIVALRY Clark faces assault charges filed by his sister
Image credit: Corey Clark: J. Viles
SIBLING RIVALRY Clark faces assault charges filed by his sister

Another day, another ''American Idol'' finalist with a rap sheet. Last week, it was Trenyce; this week, it's Corey Clark, the cornrow-coiffed heartthrob with the falsetto voice. According to documents posted at The Smoking Gun, Clark faces three misdemeanor charges for an incident last October at his Topeka home, in which he allegedly assaulted his teenage sister and resisted arrest. The trial is set for April 15, which means he'd have to be in Kansas in the morning and performing live from Los Angeles on ''Idol'' that night.

According to The Smoking Gun, which posted the 22-year-old singer's police complaint and mugshot, Clark allegedly attacked his 15-year-old sister Alecia last Oct. 12, and when her screams prompted neighbors to call the police, he struggled with cops, even after he was handcuffed, until they threatened him with a taser. He spent three days in jail, then posted $250 bond and was released on the condition that he avoid contacting his sister. Charged with battery and criminal restraint of his sister and resisting arrest, he faces up to two and a half years behind bars if convicted of all charges.

Clark has had previous brushes with the law. The Smoking Gun has also posted civil complaints filed against him by two Kansas stores for allegedly passing bad checks -- some $606 to a Wal-Mart and $50 to a grocery -- which he was ordered to make good.

Questioned last week about Trenyce's 1999 felony theft charge, which was wiped from her record after she spent a year in a pre-trial diverson program, ''Idol'' producers said they had known about the charge and did not consider it sufficient grounds to boot her from the show. Fox did not return EW.com's call by press time seeking comment on Clark's charges.

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Originally posted Mar 31, 2003
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