A singer who made a name for himself on the Fox reality competition show “American Idol” was arrested Wednesday morning in an alleged domestic violence incident. TMZ.com reports that Constantine Maroulis, who was a contestant on “Idol” in 2005, was accused of kicking the mother of his 4-year-old daughter in the groin.
Maroulis reportedly insisted that he was defending himself, and later obtained a temporary restraining order against Angel Reed, as TMZ reported separately.
Reed reportedly called 911 after an incident in the couple’s home in Wyckoff, N.J., alleging that Maroulis threw her to the ground and kicked her.
“Constantine’s rep tells TMZ, he was acting in self-defense because she attacked him,” the website reported. “The singer is adamant that he did NOT kick her, and says the argument started after he told her he was leaving her.”
Maroulis was out on bail shortly after being booked, and soon appeared in court, where he “convinced a judge his baby mama is a picture throwing wrecking ball who is anything but a domestic violence victim, and the judge agreed … at least temporarily,” TMZ reports.
Maroulis showed up in court “armed with paperwork alleging a pattern of abuse by Angel. He says she’s thrown a picture frame at him, destroyed numerous personal items and went on a campaign of harassment,” TMZ reports.