Former ‘American Idol’ contestant arrested in Old Port

By David Hench

6/13/2011

PORTLAND — Two-time “American Idol” contestant Jessica Cunningham is scheduled to go before a real judge this month after being arrested Sunday night on charges of domestic violence following the Old Port Festival.

Cunningham, 25, whose married name is Candage, was spotted in front of 468 Fore St., the Portland Harbor Hotel, by a Portland police officer who said it appeared she was holding her husband back from walking toward the officer.

When Officer Chris Hawley approached the couple at 7:45 p.m., he reported seeing Candage punch her husband, Craig Candage Jr., in the face with her fist several times. The report said Candage had small cuts on his face from the alleged assault…

…Jessica Candage was taken to Cumberland County Jail and released on unsecured bail of $1,000, meaning if she does not show up for her court date June 30, she will have to forfeit the money…

…When voted off the show in February, she exited with a degree of infamy, responding to the judges’ rejection by delivering a two-fisted obscene gesture in her final on-screen interview.

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