Jones has had multiple run-ins with the law, but when asked prior to being in the top 24, Jones lied and said he hasn’t been in a fight since high school, though police records prove Jones' pants are certainly on fire!
Multiple run-ins with the law include:
March 5, 2011: Jones was involved in a fight at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Jersey. Following the incident he gave cops the false name, Joel Jones. He was also charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice, as well as held on charges from previous warrants. At the time, Jermaine had a total of 4 outstanding warrants, 3 for driving on a suspended license, and 1 for disorderly conduct with an open container.
November 27, 2011: Jermaine was the passenger in a car that was pulled over in Gloucester Township, NJ. When Jermaine was questioned by cops , he ONCE AGAIN, gave them a false name, Kareem Watkins. Jermaine was charged for hindering apprehension and giving false information to avoid self-discovery. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants ... again.
"Idol" executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe confronted Jones about the issue in a taped segment, telling him, "You were incumbent to tell us the truth about all of this, and it appears that you just haven't on any level." Jone’s explained that he “didn't want to get judged,” and continued to say he ”didn't want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past."
His fellow competitors, however, would've voted to keep him on the show. Contestant Jessica Sanchez told Fox, "It was all a shock to us that he's gone right now. We're going to miss him so much... he was so funny, so kindhearted. I wish he was still here."
Jones isn't the first “Idol” contestant to be dismissed from the show over questionable behavior. Season two was also riddled with disqualifications. Top 10 finalist, Corey Clark, was cut after records surfaced that he had been arrested after a domestic dispute with his sister. Later, claims of an affair with then-judge Paula Abdul further tarnished his image. And how could we forget Ms. Frenchie Davis? The soul singer was also disqualified when topless photos of her surfaced.
Season three was also jolted by drama when semifinalist Donnie Williams was kicked off after a drunk-driving arrest. But what is Idol without some drama? We doubt anyone is complaining about the publicity this latest disqualification is bringing.