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'American Idol'

Tent Girl Amy Brumfield --

The Boozy Criminal Past

1/19/2012 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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"American Idol" wannabe Amy Brumfield ... the 24-year-old singer who lives in a tent ... has a LONG criminal record ... revealing a serious battle with alcohol.

According to police records obtained by TMZ, Brumfield has been arrested at least 6 times in the past 7 years ... with 3 arrests involving booze.

Brumfield -- who blew the "Idol" judges away with her rendition of Superwoman by Alicia Keys -- was arrested in Tennessee on August 22, 2010 after cops say she was so drunk, she peed on herself in the lobby of a Baskin Robbins.

Just 9 days before  that -- on August 13 -- she was arrested in front of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen ... after cops say she was displayed "extreme intoxication" ... and was "trying to find someone to take her home."

Brumfield was arrested twice in 2007 -- once for unlawful detainer (staying at a property after her lease had ended). The other arrest was for underage consumption of alcohol -- for which she pled guilty and was sentenced to probation.

Brumfield was also arrested in 2005 for criminal trespass on private property -- the details around that incident are unclear. 

But this story could have a happy ending, judging by her audition on "Idol" last night, Brumfield appears motivated to start a whole new life for herself.



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sharon smith    

Really TMZ?..i like ur show and all but give this girl a break. Her bf's mom helped her get pretty to give this girl a 2nd chance in life. You dont know what her past consists of and why she was a drunk. ..was she raped by a family member?..a baby die that she gave bith to?..etc..

974 days ago


Get an education. You'll find at the root of the problems this young man and woman face is lack of education and diligence to prepare for the future. So they have to live in a tent in the woods and eat nuts and berries and use the bathroom in the forest. They live in a very civilized area with access to fine education and jobs. American Idol looks like the easy way out to them. It's a lot easier to achieve instant fame for little work as opposed to getting out there and drudging away every day for the money. She shouldn't have gone through, unless she was exceptional, and I didn't hear it.

974 days ago


I somehow feel a lot less sympathetic for her after reading this. She's only homeless because she's an alcoholic bum who's burned all her bridges. Everyone makes mistakes, but being arrested 6 times in 7 years, that's just stupidity. I wish her nothing but the best, but..meh.

974 days ago


Yeah, she'll move up to Chivas

974 days ago

Different Rules Apply    

Hmmm, wouldn't you drink if you lived in a tent? I feel sorry for her.

974 days ago

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Well she's already got the celebrity inebriation act down so she should fit right in. As soon as she turns her life around she'll have enough money and rope to ruin it again. :(

973 days ago


Wait...Baskin Robbins has a lobby?

973 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

woman who lives in a tent, eh? seems obvious that she needs to purse her lips and put her ass to work. i say it's on her. the world needs people who can go beyond just 'doing the job', because when your manager needs more of you, you gotta be there and give him that, and not just what everyone else can give. if your boss needs you, you better give it up. that's why this dumb chick lives in a tent. can you believe it? she'd take a tent over comfort. arrogance, that's all this is.

973 days ago


i raged at the guy who has a baby on the offered a job but said he turned it down to chase his dream by trying out for idol.i hope he fails

973 days ago


Wow, you guys are super sleuths! Gutter ****ers is more like it. Trash as many people as you can while you can you sorry ****s. This girl hasn't even had a chance and you shut her down when she gets an opportunity. **** wads!

973 days ago


Oh please, just leave the poor girl alone. She has a beautiful voice and American Idol is a singing competition, it's not Miss USA for Christ sake (which Miss USA got busted for DUI AFTER she won by the way!) People are so quick to judge someone for their past, people change. The girl is broke, living in a tent in the woods, if she was open enough to admit that on national television, you think she gives a crap if people know she was busted for drinking? That stuff is public record anyway! Let's be serious. People are always trying to tear someone down. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, none of you are perfect. Leave the girl alone. Every sinner has a past and every saint has a future. She's trying to make a better life for herself, stop worrying about her and worry about yourself.

973 days ago


Damn, leave her past just her anyone on TMZ or reading these has never done anything they may or may not have been caught for!

973 days ago

Hey Now    

This is why fame sucks. The girl lives in a tent. Do you have to make fun of her?

973 days ago


i in general love tmz and i think harvey is a funny and smart dude.
but that doesnt mean that tmz ****s up occasionally. leave the dirt digging alone...on this poor thing. the chick lives in a tent in the woods? that makes living in a hostel look like the 4 seasons......heck if i lived in the woods i would drink allot too. leave the poor hick alone. i hope she sticks around for a bit and maybe cleans herself up. heck the last charge was over a yr ago anyhow.

973 days ago


Seriously people! Can't you be happy for her, listen to her voice!! And she's chosen to share it with the world. If you are so much better than her, then tell me you've never done anything stupid in your life! Go Amy, reach for the stars, you deserve it more than anyone on here!!

973 days ago
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