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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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Damn Josh I rooted for you. Get some help.

345 days ago


God isn't black, that's crazy talk...

345 days ago


I know it says there was no sign of drug use but it still kind of sounds like bath salts to me.

345 days ago


No evidence of drug use?.....I doubt that.

345 days ago


??? but on his shirt it says "GLOBE"!

345 days ago


He's "chained to a bed?" Really!??? At best he's restrained. Your juvenile weekend staff must be doing a bit of overtime this week. Also, looking at his blown pupils it seems that food isn't the only thing he's been cooking lately.

345 days ago

Bong loads    

He is 7'2?

345 days ago



345 days ago


Bath salts, undetectable crack cocaine, or mental illness.

345 days ago

Heather Anne    

For everyone complaining about spoilers, this was Season 3, we are currently on Season 4. This is the guy who lost to Christine, the blind chef. That aside, it sounds like a mental issue, I hope with the right meds and counseling he can get better.

345 days ago


Bath salts

345 days ago


If this is his mug shot, where are the cuts on his face ???

345 days ago


Please, no evidence of drugs. We've seen it over and over again, normal people suddenly completely out of their minds, super human strength. They are taking something. I'm surprised he wasn't naked.

345 days ago

Bob DaMahn    

Damn he was "on it" what ever it was lol! I bet the 1st to Cops stood there for a minute waiting for the other one to make the 1st move! Poor guy though drugs are bad folks this is what can happen. (except with weed of course)

345 days ago


Wow, just wow! I loved him on the show. He must have baked and eaten a really bad biscuit. (That is a Southern term for when someone is sick for no apparent reason.) Get some help and well soon Josh!

345 days ago
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