MARCH 14--The “American Idol” contestant expected to be booted from the show tonight is the subject of five outstanding arrest warrants in New Jersey, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Jermaine Jones, 25, is wanted in three separate counties for failing to appear in court on a variety of criminal charges dating back to 2006, according to court records. His two most recent arrests came last year in Camden County, where he works as a vocal instructor.
The oldest warrant stems from a 2006 narcotics bust in Salem County. Jones’s next collar came in 2008 in Woodbury, where he was cited on an open container charge. In 2009 he was nabbed for providing cops with a false name in Winslow Township.
Jones's first arrest in 2011 came in March, when he provided a cop with the false name "Joel Jones" to "avoid being apprehended on outstanding warrants for his arrest," according to a criminal complaint. He was nabbed in late-November for again giving false information to a police officer. This time, he claimed to be "Kareem D. Watkins" in "an attempt to avoid arrest for numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest," according to a Municipal Court criminal complaint.
In a Twitter post last night, Jones reported, “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” While he did not expound further on his departure from the Fox TV hit, he apparently has been bounced for failing to disclose his arrest history to the show’s producers.
Jones was one of the final dozen competitors on the program.
So how did "Idol"'s crackerjack background investigators fail to sniff out Jones’s rap sheet? For that answer, we'd point to Fox's history of failing to adequately vet reality show contestants like Corey Clark, Frenchie Davis, Bo Bice, Scott Savol, Lashundra Cobbins, the Brittenum brothers, Jaered Andrews, Sarah Kozer, and--the father of them all--Rick Rockwell. (2 pages)http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documen...arrests-769123
It is a dirty shame, the dude can really sing and is one of my favorites.