YUMA, Ariz. – Former Season 2 “American Idol” contestant Corey Clark was released from Yuma County Jail Monday night after no charges were filed against him. This comes after his estranged wife, Monica Clark, filed a domestic violence case last Wednesday, claiming he was stalking her outside a Yuma restaurant.
“Every time I come into town I’m being harassed, accosted, attested, bullied, and threatened to be arrested by the police most of the time in front of my kids,” said Clark.
The former reality star spoke exclusively with our reporters saying the meeting was arranged complying to court orders. Corey Clark alleged he waited outside the Yuma County Superior Court, as he stated to Monica Clark in advance, to meet with their children. The two share custody of the three kids. Corey Clark says instead of bringing the children, his wife passed by with a unnamed man and walked into the nearby restaurant. He then claimed to send another e-mail to her to communicate he didn’t see their kids as was planned.
“We’ve been battling with this situation and her family over our kids since our oldest was one years old,” said Clark.
Afterward, Corey Clark says he was confronted by authorities that took him into custody based on the domestic violence allegations his wife brought on. According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Clark was arrested on failure to comply with a court order and aggravated harassment.
The Tennessee resident says this is a reoccurring issue brought against him almost each time he visits Yuma to see his kids, but that he will continue to take the risk as a means necessary to continue to be present in their lives.
The couple are in the midst of a divorce. Monica Clark filed an order of protection against Corey Clark the same day of his recent arrest. Corey Clark is not allowed near his wife’s residence and can only contact her through legal process or a third party. Reporters reached out to Monica Clark who was accompanied by a representative of a local domestic violence non-profit Amberly’s Place while in court Monday. She wasn’t available to speak on camera.
“My mission is just to raise my kids. Love my kids. That’s it. I don’t have anything else to say to her. Her and I are done. It’s a wrap,” said Clark.