October 21, 2017
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American Idol contestant from Yarmouth charged with domestic abuse

The Associated Press
Updated:
Photo courtesy of Portland Police Department | BDN
Photo courtesy of Portland Police Department | BDN
Jessica Candage

PORTLAND, Maine — A two-time American Idol contestant from Maine is facing a domestic abuse charge after a Portland police officer allegedly saw her hit her husband.

A police report says Jessica Candage, 25, of Yarmouth was spotted Sunday evening by an officer who said it appeared she was preventing her husband from walking toward him. The officer says he then saw Candage punch her husband, Craig, in the face several times.

Craig Candage told the Portland Press Herald the incident was his fault and his wife shouldn’t have been charged.

Jessica Candage competed on American Idol under the stage name Jessica Cunningham. She twice made it to the final 24. When last voted off the show, she responded to the judges’ rejection by delivering a two-fisted, obscene gesture.

She’s due in court June 30.

 


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