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'American Idol' Hooligan -- Cuffed and Released

1/21/2010 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

American Idol arrestThe guy who was led out of "American Idol" in handcuffs on last night's show got a lucky break after the cameras stopped rolling -- producers let the guy off the hook.

TMZ has learned 28-year-old Jarrod Norrell -- who was manhandled by security when he refused to leave his audition -- was escorted out of the Orlando, Florida building ... but did not go to jail.

Cops tell TMZ, that at the request of "A.I." producers, Norrell only received a threat -- meaning that if he returned to the auditions he would have been arrested.

Fortunately, he never went back.


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1734 days ago


This looked like a publicity stunt to me?? If not the guy was either a moron or heavily medicated on who knows what!!

1734 days ago

stan de man    

kara was right he did sound like a lawnmower ..i cant believe some people think they can sing and no one they know tells them they cant ?? unbelieveable..

1734 days ago

Patrick Graham    

the dude didnt break the law...

1734 days ago


That's because it was all for show. AI is doing all they can to gain publicity/ratings.

1734 days ago


Yes the dude did break the law. He was tresspassing.

1734 days ago


This site has Really $ucked lately. Hire some good reporters

1734 days ago


I thought it was really hilarious when after he was taken away Simon looks at the other judges and says "ok, now, Yes or No?"...

1733 days ago

Patrick Graham    

actually MCS he didnt break the law he wasnt trespassing. harvey levin just said it on the show.. once your invited into someplace, you can no longer be charged with trespassing for being there.

1733 days ago


There are multiple parts to the trespassing law. I live in Oregon but I assume most states have similar laws when it comes to this. If you have told someone to leave your property and they refuse to leave then they are trespassing and can be charged with trespassing (which is what happened here).

The TMZ host and other employees show their ignorance when they spout off about this being a "threat" and that you can't be trespassing if you've previously been invited onto the property. This is illogical for one and not correct. Another thing, don't you think the deputy knows the law better than you?

1733 days ago

michaelacarterallen comments on how this guy is an animal...or should be locked digging into his past...does he owe any child support? hmmm... i wonder why...

1730 days ago


Quite interesting how people think about laws in general. There were several laws that were broken in this instance - but, it is always up to those involved whether or not such laws will be enforced. Of course if a law is enforced and a person goes to jail that is when the attorneys get to spout interpretations of laws and jurisdictions decide what they want to do about prosecutions. As far as the AI folks - well when they tell someone to leave - which is their right since they are paying for the area these folks are occupying which falls into the areas of someone who owns a store asking someone to leave. Now, that normally means the person has done something to make a person or persons feel as though they are in danger, uncomfortable, or some other reason they articulate to some law enforcement entity. Once the person is told to leave then the law that would be enforced would be in the realm of criminal trespass - or some other law involving disruption of the public peace or harmony. Several times law enforcements presence will deter the need for restraining of persons violating public peace lawbreaking in general - especially when the threat of removal or detention is present. The security guys - which if the AI folks are smart, are probably off duty police officers. The could be bodyguards of the entertainers which is not so smart - or just stupid and are security personnel - who have, normally speaking, no more authority than a citizen. But, based on their attire and movements I would classify them as being off-duty officers or bodyguards.
Anyway - when someone is escorting a person and said person decided to act out against the lawful removal then they are able to do what is necessary to effect their removal or as a law enforcement officer - effect an arrest. Now, if the person thought that the act was unlawful then they can do what they deem necessary to get the unlawful act stopped. But in this case, the person who should have known better in the beginning and left when asked - would be considered to be in the know when they were faced with removal and asked to leave under his own power by the 'security' team present. But that would be for the lawyers to hash out and waste tax dollars over. I for one am glad they didn't prosecute further - the actor and action was not only stopped but removed from further disruption.
Everyone makes wrong choices at one time or another - some everyday. What amazes me is when people expect others to not only accept what they are doing as ok but when they defend their own actions as right and lawful but blame those who don't agree with their actions.
Though I must admit, I am also amazed at those who rally around the idiot tree as it were.

1719 days ago


Under the Trespass Act, which applies to private property, the "invitation" to be on said property can be revoked at any time by the owner/representative/security. The Police using the Criminal Code, can arrest on their own for Cause Disturbance or any other charge including the Trespass Act for refusing to leave and being engaged in a prohibited activity...and that can be pretty much anything.

1719 days ago

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