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October 13, 2007

Former Idol contestant heading to jail


The American Idol contestant who claimed he had an affair with Paula Abdul is likely going to jail.  Corey Clark pleaded guilty to a felony harassment charge.

He was thrown out of the Idol competition for lying to producers about his criminal history. 

Clark is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark is facing up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $150,000 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of harassment. Clark, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced in early November in Yuma County Superior Court although no date had been set as of Friday.

In exchange for entering a guilty plea to one charge of aggravated harassment on Oct. 2, Clark had four other charges dismissed, said Roger Nelson, chief criminal deputy attorney for the Yuma County Attorney's Office.

Authorities said Clark violated a court order in August 2006 by placing several calls to his father-in-law. He had been charged with multiple counts of failure to comply with the order.

Clark's wife, Monica Rodriguez Gonzalez, filed for a domestic violence protective order in June 2006, claiming that Clark had abused her. The order prohibited Clark from having any contact with her and eight other people, including their child.

Clark was disqualified after reaching the finals of the popular TV show's second season in 2003 for failing to reveal a previous arrest.

He later accused "Idol" judge Paula Abdul of coaching him and initiating an affair. She denied his allegations, and Fox TV cleared Abdul of any wrongdoing.

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