‘American Idol’ contestant busted for public masturbation

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A very interesting “American Idol” contestant was once popped and convicted of public “lewdness” in his lemonade truck — and in the vicinity of a bunch of kids.

Sam Atherton had reportedly just finished serving frozen lemonade to a group of churchgoers and their kids when he was busted for “open and gross lewdness.”

According to, after he finished serving the customers in 2010, police said an eyewitness saw Atherton “bobbing his head up and down with an intense look on his face” while moving his arm and shoulder up and down. The witness claims when he approached Atherton to confront him, Atherton’s pants were around his ankles.

Atherton tried to rationalize the situation away by telling the inquirer that he was just “scratching his foot because of a severe fungus.”

The customer nor the police believed the excuse and Atherton was arrested. He was eventually convicted of two counts of lewdness and sentenced to two years probation.

By the way, after Atherton’s failed audition for “AI,” he said that he had “perfect pitch” and he was a better singer than Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. combined.


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