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Sam Atherton: ‘Idol’ Contestant Arrested For Public Masturbation

Fri, January 17, 2014 12:32pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 3 Comments
Sam Atherton Public Masturbation

Well, that’s awkward. As if we weren’t already ridiculously uncomfortable during Sam’s Jan. 15 audition, this new report has our skin crawling! It has now been revealed that in 2010, he was arrested for ‘open and gross lewdness!’

Sam Atherton, the 23-year-old who auditioned for American Idol with an original song, was allegedly caught publicly masturbating in a frozen lemonade truck in 2010, according to a new report! An eyewitness spoke out explaining the disgusting scene.

‘American Idol’ Contestant Sam Atherton Arrested

So awkward! After serving lemonade from a truck in 2010, an eyewitness saw Sam “bobbing his head up and down with an intense look on his face,” while his arm and shoulder quickly moved, according to TMZ.

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Are you uncomfortable yet?

The eyewitness reportedly approached him — since there were children around — and said that his pants were down around his ankles and Sam said he had a severe fungus, so he was just scratching his foot.

He was sentenced to two years probation after being charged with two counts of lewdness.

Sam’s Strange ‘Idol’ Audition

We knew something was off during Sam’s audition. When he came out with his guitar, he offended Keith Urban who joked that he was a drummer.

“You guess that by yourself, Einstein?” he sarcastically asked the judge, who was in shock! That’s definitely not the way to get chosen.

After performing an original song, “Love Doesn’t Last Forever,” he was not chosen and walked out looking angry. Then cracking up in the hall way, he shocked us with his comments.

“I have perfect pitch you know, I’m probably a better musician than J.Lo, Keith Urban and Tony Connick Jr., combined,” he said.

Yes he called Harry Connick, Jr. “Tony,” and yes he really thinks he’s better than all of them. You be the judge, watch the audition below.

— Emily Longeretta

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