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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks

Doctors Evaluating Him

for Mental Illness

8/1/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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MasterChef
finalist Josh Marks wasn't in his right mind during a bizarre, violent encounter with University of Chicago cops this week -- so says Josh's lawyer, who tells TMZ, doctors are currently evaluating him to determine whether he's suffering from a mental illness.

Josh's attorney Lisa Marie Butler tells us, “We are working closely with medical professionals to determine if Josh's behavior could be related to mental health symptoms."

She adds, "The Josh that you are hearing about in police reports this morning is not the spirited Gentle Giant that we know.”

As we reported, 26-year-old 7-foot-2 Marks was arrested by University of Chicago police Monday after allegedly punching a cop and trying to grab his gun. 3 officers tried to subdue Marks with batons and pepper spray, but he broke free and took off running.

It eventually took 5 officers to chase him down and handcuff him. Once in custody, cops claim Marks blamed Gordon Ramsay for his outburst, claiming the celeb chef had possessed him and turned him into God. We're told there was no evidence of drug use.

Multiple sources close to Marks believe he suffers from bipolar disorder. Fellow "MasterChef" contestant Tali Clavijo tells us, "Josh was two different people ... He seemed to always be a party guy, but he had this other side trying to be good." He added, "He had split personalities."

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 14 years in prison.

27 COMMENTS

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1.

Cartman    

Bro looks crazy to me.

347 days ago
2.

mr.howell     

I agree,he looks 'Nuts'.. and 'possessed' as he said he was!..no argument here!..time for a 'spinal tap' maybe!..

347 days ago
3.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Some losers just can't handle their bath salts ha ha.

347 days ago
4.

StPeteRickster    

Ramsey already has entered a body and made it think it was a God.

His....

347 days ago
5.

NOT ELMO    

Josh Marks
Doctors Evaluating Him
for Mental Illness..............She looks Happy

347 days ago
6.

cobrazombie    

I got evaluated today. I now own a 'Not Crazy' certificate just like Homer Simpson.

347 days ago
7.

Ace    

This can happen to chefs when they get hooked on propane.

347 days ago
8.

INTHEZONE    

soon everyone will be mentally ill
thanks to the new dsm

347 days ago
9.

shonyae    

Sad story i liked him on the show hope he gets the help that he needs

347 days ago
10.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

He went insane because he realized that his cooking sucked. I mean who loses a cooking competition to a blind woman?

347 days ago
11.

Laura    

Maybe Dr.'s could analyze Kanye--he also thinks he's God. And then there's those serious anger issues.

347 days ago
12.

topazstone    

I have always said that people must be crazy to be on one of his shows.

347 days ago
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nwgsmom    

Bipolar disorder is not the same as having two personalities, that would be schizophrenia, if you are going to be a reporter about a mental health issue, you might want to check the terms you use.

347 days ago
14.

kim is a publicity whore    

peace officer...gun...oxymoron?

347 days ago
15.

Bubbles The Chimp    

This brother is crazy. I am God.

347 days ago
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