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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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Your S&M Girlfriend    

If that picture is his mug shot, looking at those HUGE pupils it was either taken with a night vision camera, the appropriate drug testing was not done, or your "no evidence of drug use" statement is bullsh*t.

347 days ago
17.

Laura    

Did he tell Kanye he's God?

347 days ago
18.

mrharrybawls2012    

As crazy as this guy is, he was right about Gordon Ramsey being an azzhole. Someone should lock Gordo in the freezer next time he yells his bs at the chefs.

347 days ago
19.

Luz    

Sounds like a lot of extasy.

347 days ago
20.

Mr Barcliff    

As a black man I must say this guy Josh Marks is a disgrace "IF" this isnt a mental issue. Even then if his issue is mental, the police deserve EXTRA KUDOS for how they used restraint! I cant say enough how this coulda turned into a race issue if he was shot and injured or killed. Had he been killed or injured, Id have supported the police, this from a person in me who does not like the cops based on my history with them having NEVER been arrested but, harassed over and over. The police deserve a raise and more because this guy posed a dangerous threat. Much respect to the police because had it been me, I dont know if more force wouldnt have been used based on how he reacted to police just trying to see if he was ok. GREAT JOB Chicago Police! Someone get Josh some help because if he isnt mentally disturbed, he needs to be in jail. sounds like he's mentally disturbed though but, great job police, this is not a race issue here at all. Cops just doing there job! LGNM

347 days ago
21.

Nekru    

What is it with Nee Gros and their God complex? What TNB. They're more like black devils.. hardly God.

347 days ago
22.

levyi    

I'd say that sometimes cooks just snap, but this man isn't a cook. Not even a garde manager. Master Chef is for "home cooks." On the other hand, Chef (any chef) will drive you insane sometimes.

347 days ago
23.

Trecee    

Trying to get a few more minutes of fame! Your mental issue is the phoniest of them all! Good lord!

347 days ago
24.

Barry Soetoro    

This could have been Obama 25 years ago. Ramsey is an obvious racist.

347 days ago
25.

Master P    

How exactly is that news? That's what blacks do! He's perfectly fine. Let him go.

347 days ago
26.

idiots_abound    

PCP is a hell of a drug

347 days ago
27.

Calico    

No spoiler - this season's black contestant is Eddie.
He is very cool and collected, and I wish all the contestants the very best - health, well-being, and good cooking. : )
There is certainly quite a bit of substance and alcohol abuse in the food industry - I can attest to that personally (I don't work in a kitchen anymore, but yeah, we used to party hard)
A. Bourdain wrote about his drug problems in his 2 wonderful books as well

347 days ago
28.

wildwanders    

Hopefully he gets his 72-hour hold so he can get help. Gordon Ramsey's a true *******, but the rest of it's loco.

347 days ago
29.

EastCoastChopper    

Fragois and Crack cocaine do NOT mix Yo!

347 days ago
30.

Tania    

I made a comment of my disapproval of Amanda Bynes and her recent antics, and received TONS of backlash saying that I should show more compassion as she has a mental illness, blah, blah, blah... Those very people better be sympathetic in this case, and if not, point FKN proven!

347 days ago
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