Jeanette Walls at MSNBC is reporting the following on the news network’s website; Ex-‘Idol’ contestant claims Abdul affair.
Before you get excited, consider the source; Corey Clark.
You remember Corey Clark, don’t you?
STATEMENT REGARDING COREY CLARK AND AMERICAN IDOL
MARCH 31, 2003
Due to events that have recently come to light, American Idol participant Corey Clark has been removed from the contest.
All participants are required to provide full and accurate information to assist in background checks, including disclosure of any prior arrests. Corey withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show. 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 the background check. The producers and network feel that Corey’s behavior warrants his disqualification.
Unfortunately, the search process is not perfect. We regret the error, but the only thing we can do is learn from the incident, continue to improve the background check process, and move on.
At this time, no decision has been made as to how this will impact this week’s shows.
Corey, you see, was accused of beating the crap out of his kid sister. This was the little peccadillo Corey failed to disclose that got his goofy-looking bigheaded self booted. This page in TSG’s archive details the charges as well as Clark’s previous run-ins with the law for financial indiscretions. Before he tempted the heights of pop stardom, Clark tilted at the legal windmills of the monolith we know as Wal-Mart, challenging the retail behemoth with his rubber check writing ability.
I guess you want to know a little more about what Jeanette Walls is reporting if you haven’t clicked over yet…here:
“[Abdul] told [Clark] she wanted to look out for him and be his ‘special friend,’” according to the Globe article. “But he claims she warned him that he couldn’t tell anyone or she’d make things very hard for him, cautioning, ‘Don’t screw me or you’ll be sorry.’” The proposal apparently also describes how Abdul once came up behind Clark, rubbed his neck, and then they began “kissing passionately and feeling each other up” as they moved to the guest bedroom.
(…)The article also says that Clark was told that another “American Idol” contestant, Justin Guarini, “bragged about having an affair with Paula.” Guarini’s rep denies there was any affair.
Walls also mentions the ABC investigation into Idol that I discussed in an entry I wrote for blogcritics Thursday night about AI and the possibility that the show has overstayed its welcome on the pop culture scene.
Yes, the source here is a big problem. Who do you believe? A former pop star with a chronic pain disorder who, if anything, has the reputation for being Idol’s most compassionate Idol judge by a long shot, or a dude who was accused of dribbling checks across the cash register at Wally World like he was on a full-court press and then beating the hell out of his little sister?
Even if Corey Clark’s unpublished letter to the Penthouse Forum account of his relationship with Paula Abdul is the load of crap it basically smells like, (“Dear Penthouse Forum; If it had not happened to me, I never would have believed it! But there I was at the home of this still very hot 40-something pop star…”), this rumor showing up on the heels of Seacrest’s misbegotten star on the Walk and ABC’s probing into AI smacks of just that much more saturation.
I want to see who wins this year, it’s true. I am essentially defending Paula Abdul and the show by writing this because coming from a guy like Corey Clark the allegation seems to be such a naked grab for attention, and we shouldn’t suffer a con to play his game. I don’t have the agenda someone paid by NBC or ABC might have, either (there’s enough food for thought in that statement for another entry, but I’m too tired).
But a tried and true cliche of the performing world, one that remains in use because it’s so damn true, is that you need to always leave ‘em wanting more.
Right now, where Idol is concerned, couldn’t we use a little less?