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'American Idol' Contestant

History of Violence,

Deception, Bullying

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

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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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61.

Roberta    

Good, I didn't like him anyway! Momma's boys are the worst!

897 days ago
62.

Drea    

Good!!!!!!!!! I don't know why they brought him back anyway. I hate, hate, hate his singing!! Who wants to hear a whole CD of that???????

897 days ago
63.

olukinga    

TMZ MUST realize that Black people, particularly Black males, are placed in the criminal justice system for little to no reason. I mean, c'mon, "disorderly conduct" ("DC"), WTF is that?!? You tell me the guy was charged with DC as if to say he was charged with murder. You folks at TMZ, especially "I'm a lawyer Harvey" do know that even if the charges are true DC is the lowest of misdemeanors on the books. Why should a Black person miss out on the greatest opportunity of their lives over a common misdemeanor. This is criminalizing a race and totally unfair to Jeremy. Shame on you guys for blowing this WAY out of proportion and for helping to perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, Black, criminal-type!

897 days ago
64.

Mike    

Tt all falls down on AI it is their responsabilty to do backgroud checks on those type people!!

897 days ago
65.

Rancher Girl    

You make the outstanding warrants against him so vile when they are basically nothing. If he was not on Idol he would be just another guy out there who had told a few fibs. Come on, can't you do better than this!!

897 days ago
66.

ei    

the first time this s o b raised his voice to someone on the staff his ass should have been escorted to the door. who the hell does he think he is running over people with his bs attitude? piece of crap

897 days ago
67.

ACZ    

I can't believe they did not conduct a background check!

897 days ago
68.

Americentric    

If he doesnt have outstanding warrants somebody's getting sueeed

897 days ago
69.

Americentric    

History of Violence, Deception, Bullying

Everyone on this board could be described this way by TMZ.
Anyone who's ever gotten into a fight, told a lie, or yelled at a bitchy wardrobe person or worker. Shameful

897 days ago
70.

Truth?    

Wow, did the Tea Party get a hold of this site? So I guess White people never lie and cheat? Give me a freaken brake about just being honest. Don't sit here and act like your sh*t don't stink. I'm not saying this guy is a saint, but to sit here and throw around some racist comments, than shrug your shoulders like, "hmm... just being honest", is just embarrassing. When TMZ posts articles about Lindsay Lohan getting locked up, I don't see racist comments saying "white crackers can't seem to stay out of trouble. They always lie and can't stay out of prison. Just speaking the truth." Lol, white people never yell at people. Only at black presidents during their State of the Union addresses.

897 days ago
71.

Kàt    

It's very obvious he can sing. He won't need American Idol for someone to pick him up for a record deal. I just hope he be a good boy, and keep his Dad out of the pictcure.

897 days ago
72.

Trump    

Good, I haven't liked him from day 1. Not only his voice, but there was something wrong with the way he interacted with the contestants. LATER!!!

897 days ago
73.

JESSICA     

First of all I know The GENTLE GIANT ON A PERSONAL LEVEL & AND HE IS NOTHING LIKE THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO MAKE HIM OUT TO BE! THE ONLY THING HE IS GUILTY OF HIS MAKING MISTAKES IN HIS TEEN YEARS AND HIS MOM NOT BEING ABLE TO GET HIM OUT INSTEAD THE COPS GOT HIM IN AND OUT! THE PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD IS THAT WE DO ACCEPT SECOND CHANCES FOR CERTAIN THINGS THAT PEOPLE DO. INSTEAD OF THE MEDIA FOCUSING ON HOW OR GOVERNMENT WORKS,THE RAPIST ON THE STREET, AND THE OFFICE WHO SHOT A TEENAGE BOY WHO HAD A BAG OF CANDY IN HIS HAND!!!! THEY RATHER FOCUS ON THE TEENAGE BOY WHO MADE MISTAKES LAST YEAR BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT WITH THE WRONG CROWD....IT MIGHT FUNNY HOW MOST AMERICANS LIVE BY THE SAYING **** HAPPENS AND THEN WHEN IT HAPPENS TO THEM WE ARE SUPPOSE TO STAND CLEAR PUT YOURSELF IN HIS SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AS FAR AS HIS FATHER EVERYBODY HAS BEEN THERE DONE THAT ONE WORD AGAINST THE OTHER PULL UP THE CHILD SUPPORT RECORDS AND THE ATTENDANCE SHEET FROM EVERY TIME HE ATTENDED AN EVENT JERMAINE HAD I BET YOU WILL SEE OH JERMAINE WAS RIGHT.......... SECOND CHANCES AND A FEW KIND WORDS AND A SMILE GO ALONG WAY AND HE'S GOT ALL MY SUPPORT!!! RUN TELL DAT

896 days ago
74.

lucy    

So what does it matter if he lie.the dam president lie about him not screwing that girl.. they make is sound like he killed someone. And what about Paula she screws about with some of the contested there and that is ok..everyone has baggage in there live..

896 days ago
75.

cynthia    

this is hilarious - charlie sheen and chris brown still got their careers...lol...this dude doesn't have anything that shows he is sooooo VIOLENT....a fight? please, we don't know why the fight happened....and as big as he is that idol source is probably a scare little white girl who is afraid of all black men...this is some BULL SHOOT

896 days ago
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