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''Idol'' finalist Corey booted over assault charge. Fox says he failed to inform producers about pending allegations that he assaulted his sister and resisted arrest

American Idol | SORRY, COREY Clark took the last train to Bootsville
Image credit: Corey Clark: J. Viles
SORRY, COREY Clark took the last train to Bootsville

April 15 was going to be an impossibly busy day for ''American Idol'' finalist Corey Clark; he was scheduled to sing on the show in Los Angeles in the evening, but in the morning, he's due to go on trial in Topeka, Kansas, on three misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident last October in which he allegedly assaulted his teenage sister at their home and then resisted arrest. However, Fox has solved the problem for him by booting him from the show on Monday for failing to inform producers of the pending charges against him.

According to The Smoking Gun, which posted the falsetto-voiced singer's police complaint and mugshot on Monday, Clark allegedly attacked his 15-year-old sister Alecia last October, then resisted arrest after cops came. After three days in jail, he posted $250 bond and was released and barred from contacting his sister. He faces up to two and a half years behind bars if convicted of charges of battery and criminal restraint of his sister and resisting arrest.

The Smoking Gun also posted civil complaints filed against the cornrow-coiffed Clark for allegedly writing bad checks. The 22-year-old was ordered to make good on $606 of paper to a Kansas Wal-Mart and $50 to a local grocery.

Unlike fellow finalist Trenyce, whose mugshot for a 1999 felony theft charge appeared last week on The Smoking Gun (her record was expunged after she stayed out of trouble for a year), Clark did not tell ''Idol'' producers about his rap sheet, and a Fox background check failed to turn up the police report because the document misspelled his first name as ''Cory.'' In a statement, the network said it ejected him because he ''withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show.'' The statement said, ''The producers and network feel that Corey's behavior warrants his disqualification.''

It's not clear how Corey's ouster will affect the show, which is eliminating one finalist a week until the show's scheduled finale. Fox told Reuters no decision had been made whether to replace him with an alternate finalist.

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Originally posted Apr 01, 2003