American Idol’s Corey Clark Arrested on Domestic Violence-Related Charges: Get the Details

Corey Clark has been arrested on harassment charges
Corey Clark has been arrested on harassment charges Yuma County Sheriff's Office via WireImage

American Idol alum Corey Clark was arrested on domestic violence-related charges on Wednesday, Sept. 23 for allegedly violating a protective order his estranged wife had against him.

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The one-time singer, who famously accused Idol judge Paula Abdul of instigating an affair with him during his time on the hit talent show (an accusation Abdul was later cleared of), made his initial appearance at Yuma Justice court in Ariz. on Thursday, Sept. 24, where his bail was set at $20,000, the Yuma Sun reports.

According to Clark's arrest report, his estranged wife, Monica, alleges that her ex broke her protective order which details he must only communicate with her via email, and only about their children.

She claims he began inquiring about a new relationship she was involved in, and allegedly followed her to a restaurant when she refused to reply to his emails, and stared at her from outside, the entire time she ate dinner.

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He was eventually arrested on Wednesday, on charges of aggravated harassment and violation of a court order, stemming from an indent at the Yuma County Courthouse, when he confronted a man who was with his wife, and who he believed was having a relationship with her.

His wife produced a number of emails that she says prove he overstepped the boundaries, including one that stated, "You still fill my heart with so much joy whenever I get the chance to see you. I wish things were different with us. I wish things were better for us," the Wrap reports.

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Monica also told police that she believed Clark was stalking her because “he was watching her for hours while she ate” at a restaurant following the alleged court incident.

Police note that the former Idol contestant was argumentative when taken into custody. "While processing Clark he continued to argue over the fact that he could email [his wife] anything he wanted," the report reads.

Clark was disqualified from American Idol's second season after producers determined that he had not disclosed his arrest record.

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