FORMER American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with felony DUI.
The arrest, in Spartanburg, comes after he allegedly drove into a building a killed the person inside, according to authorities.He was on the 2020 season of American Idol[/caption]
South Carolina highway patrol tells The Sun: “On February 8 a 2011 Ford pickup was traveling North on West Murph road when it went into a private road and struck a building.
“A person inside of the building sustained fatal injury as a result of the collision.
“The driver of the pickup has been charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death.
The drive has been identified as Caleb Kennedy. A 17-year-old male from South Carolina.
This investigation is still currently ongoing.”
Because Caleb is 17, he will reportedly be tried as an adult.
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Caleb was a contestant on the 2020 season of the hit show, but was dismissed after a video emerged of him posing with a friend in a Ku Klux Klan-style white hood.
While his mother Anita Guy explained the footage was from when her son was 12-years-old, the singer told his social media followers that the video “displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.”
The former fan favorite later admitted he was unprepared for life in the limelight.
On appearing on American Idol, he told Spartanburg Herald Journal: “You think it’s all going to be fun, and a lot of it is, but it will slap you in the face really quickly. I wasn’t ready for it.”
Caleb added: “There’s no way to emotionally prepare for Idol. Because no one is ready for it, no matter how you prepare.
“But I don’t regret it, and I did love it.”
The teen went on to say how he’d been changed by the experience.
“On Idol, that wasn’t me,” he revealed. “That world is so different.
“Now that I’m home, I try to be me, but I’m also scared of someone videoing me when I go to Academy or Wal-Mart.
Caleb was down to the final five in the popular show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, before his exit.
He wrote in a lengthy apology on Instagram: “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol.
“There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.”
He continued: “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down.
“I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me.
“I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”The country singer was dismissed after a video emerged of him posing with a friend in a Ku Klux Klan-style white hood.[/caption] He was down to the final five that season[/caption] He apologized after being let go from the show[/caption]
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