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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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Comanchegurl    

1st of this man deserves respect. He served in the US Army during the war. His problem may be stress caused by the war or some mental issue. I am going to reserve any comment until it is sorted out. You should too.

428 days ago
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baybek8s    

I really like Josh. He was such a talented and respectable young man on MC. Hopefully, he will get the help he needs. Reality TV fame which leads to Instant fame is a tricky thing, only the strong survive.

428 days ago
78.

kittyboomboom    

can we say bath salts?

428 days ago
79.

jakeparcher    

Hmm unreal. I was just with the guy..

428 days ago
80.

scoops312    

No drugs in his system? Exactly something is going on upstairs. Normal people that try to go anywhere in society dont punch and try to diss arm a cop. So instead of chaining him to a bed how about give him medicine to see if he comes back around. You guys pray for my friend this is not him at all!!!

428 days ago
81.

Bethiepoo3    

Does the so called Kings and Queens of the USA...meaning the K and West family have cameres all over the place and secuirty to keep an eye on things..if they do..the security people are lacking off their job.

428 days ago
82.

Bethiepoo3    

So sad the Josh M. went of the deep end I feel they should have kept him on the show and got rid of Krissy..she is such a bitch..

428 days ago
83.

Jeff    

Was Paula Deen involved?

428 days ago
84.

Flash    

Keep this complete moron chained up for a long time, please. He could have seriously hurt someone. Roaming around in public throwing rages. Give me an effin' break. GROW UP little baby man.

I tire of hearing stories like this. Who do these guys think they are? Better than the rest of us? Elite, pandered to, babied? Is soft "entitled" upbringing the cause of these out-of-control tantrum throwing adults we keep reading about?

Cop probably could have shot him. But now we have to listen to all the 'reasons' why his life is so hard, yadda yadda yadda. WHATEVER.

428 days ago
85.

laffnbear    

Onlr one of several million blacks who think they are god or a close relative.
Some even post here.

428 days ago
86.

NOT ELMO    

Josh Marks
Arrested in Violent Assault,
Claims He's God...................is HE The Next HUMAN TORCH ???????

428 days ago
87.

Twilightey    

If that had been amanda Bynes she would have been escorted gingerly to a comfy spa-like mental institution. But of course he's Black so there has to be an arrest....
White people REALLY don't see a difference in how the justice system treats people?!?!?!

428 days ago
88.

Sargio    

Sounds like mental illness. People want to believe it's drugs because it's much harder laugh at the pain of someone with mental illness than a dirty addict.

428 days ago
89.

j. squires    

I don't think Gordon Ramsay has that kind of power over people...Maybe it's the ghost of Ramsay's "Dwarf Double"

428 days ago
90.

LoveAgent7    

Hope it all works out OK for Josh he was my favorite!

428 days ago
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