Former Idol Clark Charged with Battery
Clark, 24, and record exec Laura Kathleen Troy, 34, were having breakfast in one of their two rooms last Saturday when an argument broke out, police spokesman Sgt. Justin Risley tells the Associated Press.
"It ended up as a food fight, throwing dishes. The injuries were relatively minor," Risley said. "I think it was mutual, a back-and-forth kind of thing."
Both parties, who police said began arguing over an incident from Clark's Friday night concert, had scratches on their arms. Clark was cited for misdemeanor battery. Troy, who Risley called uncooperative, did not want charges filed.
After the fight, "they got in a van together and left together," Risley added. Clark has been ordered to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court on July 22.
The singer's representative, Jed Wallace, did not return the AP's call seeking comment.
Clark, who was ejected from Idol's second season for not disclosing a 2002 misdemeanor arrest (alleging he assaulted his younger sister in Kansas), told ABC News in May that he had an affair with Abdul, and claimed that she also coached him for the competition. Abdul denied Clark's allegations.