American Idol Producers Confront Contestant About Outstanding Warrants
Posted on Thu Mar 15, 2012 09:18 AM PDT

Jermaine_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - American Idol contestant Jermaine Jackson was disqualified on Wednesday night's broadcast of the Fox singing competition for concealing his criminal past. Host Ryan Seacrest hinted at the beginning of the show that "one of our contestants" would be sent home due to "law enforcement" issues.

Following the teaser, audiences were shown pre-taped footage of Jones being called into producer's offices and confronted with the news. Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick read aloud four standing warrants for his arrest, in which he was accused of giving false names to officers and getting into a physical brawl.

Jones attempted to defend himself, saying the information was skewed and he never got into a violent altercation. "It wasn't a fight, I wasn't fighting," he proclaimed. Instead, he said it was a disagreement with one of his friends.

Regardless of the explanation, producers explained it was forbidden for the show to feature any artist that had outstanding arrests and Jones was subsequently sent home.