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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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76.

Glendale, AZ    

I didn't know him personally. But when I was a Freshman in high school he was a Senior. I can remember clear as day Perrie walking around campus with his head phones on singing out loud. He was ALWAYS singing up and down halls... all over campus and everyone would stop and listen and clap and smile.... he's an AWESOME SINGER. He seemed like a really great guy, had lots of friends, hung around a good crowd of people and by that I mean he wasn't into hanging with the "gang bangers" or "hoodlums" he always surrounded himself with friendly people. So.... for AI to allow this to come out or whoever, paints the picture of someone with a "troubled" past. Now, Im not saying he was innocent in this situation... but people make mistakes and I don't think that the mistake he made that ONE time should disqualify him from becoming the singer that he was obviously born to be. He's obviosly a different person now, mature, RESPONSIBLE and trying to make a better life for he and his children. I say American Idol, if you're ever going to make an exception this would be the time to do it.

2430 days ago
77.

Jaymee    

He's a good guy... People DO grow up. Its designated a "misdemeanor" for a reason... NOT a big deal. He's on his way to the top & this shouldn't slow him down. You go boy! Hope he still visits the spot on Wednesday nights after he's famous.. LOL

2430 days ago
78.

evelyn tia and yana's mom    

don't worry baby, God is with you. go for what you know. i'll be praying for your success. sing,sing,sing!!!

2429 days ago
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Ana Q.    

I can't believe you don't let anyone try to get a fresh start. It's hard enough to get on american idol and stay on, Then you got people like YOU that take away the chance away. Let the man be and let him find his way what he loves! Damn! He's not in the street, he's taking care of his kid... Something that lots of men ARE NOT doing because "mom will take care of them". Perrie Do Your Thang!! ALL OF ARIZONA GOT YOUR BACK!!!

2428 days ago
80.

SPREAD TRUTH.    

Still no previous comment from me ... so I supposed I'll put my two cents in again. This time a little brief.....but really does this need to even be stated:

ALL THESE RAP STARS ... GOT WHERE THEY ARE BC OF AOL / TIME WARNER ENDORSING THESE TYPE OF MUSICIANS. YET HERE WE HAVE AOL/TIME WARNER BASHING ON SOMEONE bc OF A PREVIOUS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY?! YOU'RE STILL ENDORSING MAJOR "STREET" RAPPERS ... WITH NOT A GLANCE AT THE UNDERGROUND MCS RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO SPEAK OF WISDOM AND HUMBLE VIBES.
JUST KEEP PUMPING THE SYSTEM FULL OF HATE/VIOLENCE/CRIME/DRUGS/SEX. YOU HAVE NOOOOOOOO ROOM TO SPEAK ON ANYONE'S PREVIOUS CRIMINAL HISTORY ... UNTIL OF COURSE YOU QUIT RAISING THE RECORD SALES FOR THESE HALF ASS ARTISTS.

& THEN WHY TMZ DID I SEE THIS SAME ARTICLE ON TV ... YET ON A FOX STATION (THIS IS AOL/TW WEBSITE) & THIS TIME IT WAS MORE OF A POSITIVE SIDE....ALL THE OTHER CONTESTANTS THAT HAD PREVIOUS CRIMINIAL HISTORY and SUCH .... YET HERE YOU ARE STARTING DRAMA........ SAVE THE INTERNET AND TELEVISION FOR WISDOM....THE THE WORLD WILL SEE A CLEAR PERSPECTIVE.

2426 days ago
81.

getready    

Alright... to the poster that said "Earth to Perrie Cataldo and all the other pathaeticaly untalented American Idol hopefuls" (haha MAYBE you're the one who shoulda stayed in school and learned to spell) everyone else that is HATIN on Perrie...
I have met him and heard him sing.
1. His audition didn't do him justice... this man can SIIIIING. He has a lotta passion and talent.
2. He is a very sweet & funny guy. His personality is huge and he is a good person.
3. Regardless of whether it is due to AI or not... Perrie Cataldo (Dasan) is GOING to have a career in music. So keep your eyes & ears open!
4. If y'all wanna keep hatin.... go ahead because you're just keepin his name out there :) but don't think that'll stop him from succeeding.

It's good to see the support he is gettin from everyone else tho!
Check out Perrie & stay updated on him:
http://www.myspace.com/wwwdasan3vsmyspacecom

2425 days ago
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