'Idol' Finalist Clark Yanked from Show

04/01/2003 4:28PM

Some scandals are too big to sing through. Corey Clark, an "American Idol" finalist who faces trial next month on charges he allegedly assaulted his 15-year-old sister and resisted arrest, has been booted from the FOX talent search, the network announced Monday.

"The producers and network feel that Corey's behavior warrants his disqualification," says a statement released by the network, after the Smoking Gun Web site published details of Clark's criminal charges.

As FOX also explained: "Due to his failure to disclose, compounded by an error in a police report which misspelled Corey's name, the incident was not discovered during a background check."

At the time of his arrest last October, Clark (a frizzy-haired 6-footer who's performed such songs as "Against All Odds" and "Foolish Heart" during the competition) allegedly screamed at cops, forcing them to wrestle him to the ground before they handcuffed his arms behind his back and placed him in a patrol car, according to the Smoking Gun.

Inside the vehicle, Clark, 22, allegedly yanked himself free. Authorities slapped the cuffs on him again and warned him to relent, lest he be shot with a stun gun. Clark reportedly heeded the warning.

Prosecutors have charged Clark with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister and criminal restraint, according to the Smoking Gun. (He could face a maximum of a year in prison on two of the misdemeanors, and a maximum of six months on the third.)

A trial is scheduled to begin April 15 in Topeka. (The final judging on "American Idol" is not due to take place until the May sweeps.)

Clark reportedly had an earlier clash with the law, having been sued by Wal-Mart three years ago for allegedly passing more than $600 in bad checks. He reportedly made good on the debt over a two-year period. According to records, he also repaid nearly $50 to a grocery store after it brought action against him.

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