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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks

Arrested in Violent Assault,

Claims He's God

7/31/2013 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A top contender on "MasterChef" had a bizarre, violent encounter with cops in Chicago ... telling them Gordon Ramsay is an "asshole" who possessed his body and then transformed him into God ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a University of Chicago cop spotted Josh Marks nearby the campus on Monday  He was trying to use a University emergency phone and had obvious cuts on his face.  We're told the cop asked Marks if anything was wrong, and Marks then lunged at him, striking him with a closed fist and then tried to grab his gun.

Our sources say the cop and two other officers tried to subdue the 26-year-old, 7'2" tall culinary runner-up ... to no avail.  They batoned and pepper sprayed him but it had no effect.  Marks broke free and started running.  Five cops subdued him in a resident's backyard.

Marks was taken to the hospital to treat his injuries.  We're told once in custody an officer asked him why he went off the rails, and he blamed it all on Gordon Ramsay.  Shockingly, we're told there was no evidence of drug use.

We're told doctors discovered bullet fragments in Marks' face from an unrelated incident.

Marks remains in the hospital, chained to a bed.  He's been charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer -- both felonies.  If convicted, he faces a max of 14 years in prison.


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I know it says no evidence of drugs but it sure sounds like bath salts to me.

457 days ago


if he is 7'2 and tough enough to handle pepper spray and billy clubs, he should be playing in the nba!!!

457 days ago


WTF, They should be going after Gordon Ramsay, he's the problem!

457 days ago

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I have no idea who he is but he has some crazy eyes with those blown pupils. To his credit I'll say he is correct; Gordon Ramsay is an asswhole.

457 days ago

tippy katz    

aww, I really liked him on MC. seemed so calm, professional and likable. maybe he has some mental issues that were under control while he was on the show. I hope he gets it together again.

457 days ago


The next mystery box challenge will have a stick of butter and the judges salami underneath.

457 days ago

Jeanne Tutt    

uhm thanks for spoiling the end of the season. I really saw him going all the way as well. wow.

457 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

And what would be evidence of drug use, if not a bizarre episode of behavior much like those of people on drugs? By the way, people are using **** now for which there are no tests.

457 days ago


Could someone please confiscate his chef's knives? Thanks.

457 days ago


Ok here's what happened in a nut shell. Ramsey told this guy exactly how much his cooking sucked and that he'd never be a F$#(ing chef. The guy being a Muslim extremist at heart snapped and while on the phone in a fit of rage decided to listen to the voices in his head. He wanted Ramsey dead and everyone around him and the cop's gun happened to be in his sight so. Rather being made a fool of on national tv which the episode already filmed and ready for transmission to the world he decided to be a coward and took the Jihad route.

Simple, typical narcissist meltdown when faced with the facts.

He sucked. I bet you.

457 days ago


Inmates will be eating good in da Mental Hospital

457 days ago


That sounds like it could possibly be a mental issue... Glad no one was hurt through all of this.

457 days ago


Cuckoo Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs at the Nut hospital

457 days ago

Jay W.     

I've heard people who suffer from one nostril syndrome sometimes go off the deep end.

457 days ago

Lady Di    

CHAINED to a bed???? Really Harvey???? No wonder these sites have no cred....
slow news day....
Remember.....if there's no real news then just make it up

457 days ago
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