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'American Idol' Contestant

History of Violence,

Deception, Bullying

3/14/2012 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Soon-to-be-axed "American Idol" singer Jermaine Jones is a big, fat phony ... who repeatedly LIED to police ... has issues with violence ... and terrorized "Idol" staff ... according to police documents and information obtained by "A.I."

We broke the story ... Jones will be fired from the show tonight for lying to producers about his criminal history ... and now we've learned the troubling details from the multiple run-ins with the law Jones was trying to conceal.

One incident went down on March 5, 2011 ... when Jones was involved in a fight at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Jersey. We're told cops responded ... but Jermaine gave them a fake name -- Joel Jones.

Jermaine was charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants.

The next incident went down November 27, 2011 ... when Jermaine was the passenger in a car that was pulled over in Gloucester Township, NJ. Jermaine was questioned by cops and ONCE AGAIN gave them a fake name -- Kareem Watkins.

Jermaine was charged for hindering apprehension and giving false information to avoid self-discovery. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants ... again.

We've learned ... Jermaine had a total of 4 outstanding warrants ... 3 for driving on a suspended license and 1 for disorderly conduct with an open container.

There's more ... "Idol" sources tell us Jermaine was "very aggressive" behind the scenes ... once terrorizing a member of the staff by screaming at her because he didn't like his wardrobe.

"Idol" sources also tell us ... Jermaine had been questioned about his past by the "A.I." risk management team before he was selected into the top 24 ... and he SWORE, among other things, that he hadn't been in a fight since high school.

Pants on fire ... and now his lies have cost him the best opportunity of his life.


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956 days ago


Guy sounds like a major doosh, but driving on a suspended license and disorderly conduct with an open container? Not exactly hardened criminal stuff here.

Still, he doesn't fit the AI squeaky clean image, so it's back to New Jersey for this dude.

956 days ago


well her is an idea..why dont they do background checks? only a matter of time before they get someone on there who is more violent than him and assaults someone just cause they dont get through.

956 days ago

kent marley    

if he had told the truth, do you think they would have said "okay, thanks for being honest" and given him his chance of a lifetime anyway?

956 days ago


Lie to AI and they find out the truth - one way or another. You're not as clever as you think, Jermaine. You can tell your grandkids about how you blew it on AI. But, you'd probably lie about that too. You must be a slow learner.

956 days ago

Delicious Talk ❧    

How convenient for American Idol ratings.

Sorry, not buying this. It's staged. Just like the "fall" a few weeks back. Idol jumped the shark when Simon left. They're desperate and it shows.

956 days ago


When does this loser get his own show? Only in America!

956 days ago


Of course he has a history of violence, he's a Raccoon. All these ******s do is rob people, drink grape sodas, lie cheat and murder.....oh yeah and smoke weed. He's a neglected ****** just like the rest of the ******s. Hes probably high right now. I wouldn't be surprised if he had 6 baby mamas coming out to speak against him. smh What a Monkey

956 days ago


This is the reason I don't care for reality shows and why I don't watch Ido. Why not let him go instead of milking it for their personal gains.

Whores is what they all are.

956 days ago


Wow Tiffany, were you wearing your KKK hood when you typed your comment?

956 days ago


This guy is such a loser....I'm sooo happy he's being fired from A.I. he sucks sooo bad as a singer too....suprised he lasted this long....Good riddance.....your 15 minutes were up long ago.....ugh.................

956 days ago


Idol has had lots of contestants with relatively minor criminal records, but they insist that contestants disclose this. This guy has lied from the get-go, about the police, the warrants, his father, etc. And if he really is a 'rager', then it's time to kick his butt off.

956 days ago


No sympathy -- but look at how TMZ is casting shade all over this guy and doing everything to make Lilo look like the victim a few stories down when Lilo has as long a record and could easily be painted as ugly as this guy.

956 days ago


To be fair, his lies didn't cost him the best opportunity of his life, his behavior did. If he didn't lie they would have never allowed him on the show in the first place. At least they figured him out before it got too deep into the finals.

956 days ago


Go ahead white people get all racist as you normally do.

956 days ago
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