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"Idol" Wannabe's Gun-Totin' Past

1/23/2008 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Perrie CataldoPerrie Cataldo -- a smooth-talking "AI" contestant who crooned his way to Hollywood last night -- once had a secret weapon up his sleeve ... literally!

TMZ has obtained an arrest record revealing that Cataldo carried a handgun into a bar in Glendale, Ariz. back in 2006, after being kicked out for fighting. According to the arresting officer, Cataldo was "concealing" the gun under his clothing, and was confronted by security and arrested.

Cataldo plead no contest to carrying a concealed weapon (a misdemeanor) and was fined $568.

Cataldo went to serious lengths on last night's show to explain to the judges that he'd turned his life around since then. He revealed his baby mama was killed for being "at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people, doing the wrong thing."

FOX had no comment.


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16.

Kelli    

Typical TMZ a**wipes.

2360 days ago
17.

she    

well there ya have it folks...it's a fact...PEOPLE DO CHANGE!!! Good grief!!

2360 days ago
18.

Just Me    

who cares where he's been and what he's done... he's different now, with new responsibilities... good luck to him!! Everyone deserves another chance.

2360 days ago
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nobodyelsebrokedownlastnight    

HOPE HE DOESN'T TURN OUT TO BE A RAPPER,THERE ARE ENOUGH RAPPERS FOR THE MOMENT WE NEED A YOUNGER STEVIE,THIS GUY CAN SANG

2360 days ago
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Skip Tracer    

This not Perrie's only problem. I checked court records, he currently has a FTA (failure to appear) on a written promise to the court and is scheduled for trial on 2/11/08. Wonder if he'll show on this date??

2360 days ago
21.

election    

How about busting on the politicians who beg for attention the same way you bust on a guy who turned his life around? http://dirtyelection.com/2008/01/16/hillary-rodham-clinton-is-more-a-clinton-after-all-as-she-campaigns-in-florida/
This guy is my hero and I hope he wins!

2360 days ago
22.

Megan    

He almost looks like a manly woman. I didn't care for him last night, and it doesn't shock me that he has had a criminal past, and likely a criminal present. A criminal is a criminal people....they just can't help themselves. They grew up with crime, they practice crime, and likely their death will come from a crime.

2360 days ago
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Aunt_B    

Well, he also explained that it took something as horrible as his baby's mother getting killed to make him turn his life around. Too bad that part was left out...

2360 days ago
24.

Laina    

This guy was great and he looks so happy with his son. I hope American Idol gives him a chance to prove he has changed his life. He looked sincere last night. He really has a great voice.

2360 days ago
25.

Bradblowsgeorge    

so what......old news TMZ. unfortunately for him, they will probably disqualify him. I liked him, and he seems to have his life together. Here's hoping you make it another day dude.

2360 days ago
26.

wenzel    



Let him sing, everyone deserves a chance to make right.

2360 days ago
27.

Jack Schitt    

This guy had problems & hes tryin to turn it around. Lets see whats in Harvey's closet??? how bout all the sleazey reporters closets?? hmmm bet we would see some chit also

2360 days ago
28.

stategirl    

Well at least SOME people can change for the better...

2360 days ago
29.

Darrin    

Harvey Levin is the Anti christ...I bet He has done no wrong in his big nose life...see a Dentist Harvey

2360 days ago
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Darrin    

Harvey Levin is the Anti christ...I bet He has done no wrong in his big nose life...see a Dentist Harvey

2360 days ago
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