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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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16.

Calinative    

Cuffing him up is extreme. What a bunch of B.S!

728 days ago
17.

EricsGirl    

For those of you trying to defend this guy saying he FORGOT he was wearing the mic.....WRONG!!! You obviously didn't watch the show. He was immature and rude from the beginning - so much so, that the judges ALL walked off the set. He then proceeded to leave with the mic and said he STOLE the mic out of spite. He's an embarrassment to young black men EVERYWHERE. Somebody needs to grow up. Fast.

728 days ago
18.

Wanda    

Next he will be singing in jail..I'm in the shower with big Bubba...and I just dropped the soap...

728 days ago
19.

TMZZZZZ!    

Well at least he stayed in the limelight for a few extra minutes.

728 days ago
20.

Sean    

Dude is going to be rich. They slandered him on national television tonight. They said he was charged with a misdemeanor and released. However TMZ reports that never happened. X factor should have done that research.

728 days ago
21.

Tee    

it's funny 'cause they're desperate for ratings.

728 days ago
22.

tedpoe    

Wallace can now try becoming an American Idol. http://bit.ly/H0jj0u

728 days ago
23.

Chris    

TMZ ARE SOME REAL HIGH QUALITY SUPER SLEUTHS TO FIGURE THIS INCREDIBLE CRIME OUT 3 MONTHS AFTER IT HAPPENED. AND AFTER IT AIRED ON TV.

728 days ago
24.

Dean    

Everybody who watch X Factor this season must be brainless . I have never seen something more trashy than that show . Britney didn't even deserve 1 Mil for that . She offers nothing to the show .

THE VOICE is way better and is more about true talents

728 days ago
25.

ME    

Where are all of the "cause he is Black" excusers?

728 days ago
26.

verlinda    

Part of the show, to get people talking. There is always drama with Simon, even in the Idol days. ratings people ratings

728 days ago
27.

Areader    

Oh please....as if this wasn't concocted up by the producers. Simon hasn't learned from last year it seems, his over the top producing of X Factor is the reason "The Voice" beats him in ratings!

728 days ago
28.

LCS27    

The whole thing looks very staged. Like a cheap soap oppra. Someone told me it's a singing competition but I doubt it is. Makes no sense.

728 days ago
29.

LCS27    

TMZ, the word exclusive. You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-b7RmmMJeo

728 days ago
30.

elysummers    

Seriously, someone couldn't just follow him out and holler "hey, wait, you forgot you still have a mic on"? What imbeciles.

728 days ago
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