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'X Factor' Contestant

Cuffed by Cops

For Jacking Microphone

9/19/2012 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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You might recognize him as the contestant who gets handcuffed in the teaser for tonight's episode of "X Factor" -- singing "I'm getting arrested!" -- and now, TMZ has learned exactly WHY he ended up in shackles.

It all happened in June during the "X Factor" auditions in Kansas City -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Deangelo Wallace had just finished auditioning ... when he walked off the stage and out of the Sprint Center still wearing his microphone.

According to law enforcement sources, producers called police claiming the sound equipment had been stolen -- and cops caught up with Wallace near the venue.

We're told Wallace was cuffed and brought back to the Sprint Center, where he then returned the missing electronics.

(Skip to 00:23 in the teaser)



Once the mic pack was returned, producers declined to press charges -- so Wallace went on his way ... leaving his "X Factor" dreams behind him. He was NOT booked for a crime.

As for why Wallace stormed off -- we're told he had a nasty exchange with the judges, and was upset they didn't like his performance.

Attempts to reach Wallace were unsuccessful.

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1.

buckee71    

thats retarded....wasting cops time like this...lol

674 days ago
2.

Phishie from Philly    

Is that Marsalis Wallace son?
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Phishie from Philly

674 days ago
3.

thestupid    

Way to elevate the reputation of young black males! Idiot.

674 days ago
4.

Beauty    

Poor kid probably didn't even realize he was still wearing the mic after all the excitement of being there

674 days ago
5.

ohreally    

What a ridiculous reason to call the cops. It's obvious the guy, caught up in the excitement, forgot it was on.

Why not just call security? Morons.

674 days ago
6.

Parker    

They can pay Britney 15 million, but call the police when someone forgets he has a mic on his head...how phkd up is that!

674 days ago
7.

Melissa1987    

I just seen this part on X factor. Im not gonna lie that part was funneh af.

674 days ago
8.

Melissa1987    

He didnt forget the mic. He said it himself. He took it cause they didnt let him through.

674 days ago
9.

DaveT    

Stormed off and forgot the microphone was on, sounds like an innocent mistake....at least he had a good sense of humor about it :D

674 days ago
10.

Samantha S    

Except he said he took the $3000 mic because they didn't let him through. He was also carted off by Police but released after a few hours.

674 days ago
11.

woofwoof    

Another Obama voter.

674 days ago
12.

TMZ Superfan    

Really? So, he got arrested for the PRODUCERS making a mistake and de-micing him? PUH-LEASE!

674 days ago
13.

GLaDOS    

I wonder how much more the ratings for that crappy over-produced karaoke show will drop tonight. It's hilarious how much they shelled out for Britney Spears and the other god awful karaoke show, The Voice, is winning in ratings still. Hopefully this dumb show gets canceled after this season.

674 days ago
14.

David    

There is no way x-factor can prevent low life like him from trying out. What a POS he is.

674 days ago
15.

zeke    

Are you kidding me, this is how its done in the rap game, this kids gonna be bigger than chris brown,

674 days ago
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