For those who've been waiting with bated breath to hear of Corey Clark's post-food-fight fate, here is the good word: Our breakfast-besmirched young man is free and clear.
The 24-year-old singer, who was cited for misdemeanor battery last week after a food fight with his record company manager got out of hand, will not face criminal charges.
"They decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him," stated Lana Wyatt, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office in Sacramento County. If charged, Clark could have faced up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Clark and his manager, Laura Kathleen Troy, caused a disturbance in the Sacramento hotel they were staying in when a morning argument escalated to violence. Police responded to a call from other guests, and arrived to find Clark and Troy standing with scratched-up arms in a room littered with dishes. Clark was cited despite protests from Troy, who, according to reports, was "uncooperative."
"Coming on the heels of a huge misunderstanding, Corey is obviously thrilled," stated Jed Wallace, Clark's representative. "I think the major lesson here is, when you're on the road and want to blow off steam, go for a jog."
Clark has been involved in his share of controversy since he was dismissed from the second season of American Idol for not disclosing a 2002 arrest for an alleged assault on his sister. His recent claims of an illicit affair with Idol judge Paula Abdul propelled him back into the public eye just in time for the release of his debut album, and he was scheduled to discuss those claims with Fox executives on June 30. There is no official word on what transpired during the meeting, if it indeed took place.