Monday, April 30, 2007

Former American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra arrested

Former American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra becomes the latest mug shot on the list of young, female celebrities thrown in jail. The twenty-one-year old was arrested around 2 a.m. Sunday while out partying with friends at the Hyde Park Cafe in South Tampa. Police say Sierra smashed a heavy glass over a man’s head, causing a gash right above his eye.

“Officers were able to talk to the victim and the suspect, and discovered they had some sort of heated exchange and at some point Jessica Sierra threw a cocktail glass at the victim,” says Tampa Police Department Public Information Officer Andrea Davis. Police are unsure what provoked the fight, but sources tell FOX 13 News the man may have spit on Sierra. Whatever the cause, police charged the former American Idol contestant with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and after she was taken to jail deputies say they found cocaine in her purse.

Sierra rose to national fame in 2005, making it to the final ten of the American Idol competition. Then she returned to real life, far from the bright lights of Hollywood. But she never gave up her goal of becoming a country music star.

Sierra has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. She was released Sunday morning on an $11,500 bond.


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