Idol Food Fight

Former “American Idol” contestant Corey Clark, who famously alleged he had an affair with “Idol” judge Paula Abdul, was cited on a misdemeanor battery charge in Sacramento, Calif., following a food fight with his record company manager.

Clark and CDC Records exec Laura Kathleen Troy were having breakfast June 25th in a room at the Sheraton Grand Hotel when they apparently began arguing over an incident at Clark’s concert the night before.

According to Sacramento police spokesman Justin Risley, the argument escalated to throwing dishes at each other, resulting in relatively minor injuries. Troy did not want to press charges; Risley said it was standard police policy to cite and release those charged with misdemeanor battery.

“My dancers, crew, management and I were all involved in a food fight that lasted only a few minutes,” Clark said in a statement. “With that said, I would like to apologize to any hotel guests and/or staff that may have been inconvenienced as a result of this situation. I trust that the authorities have a clear understanding of what really occurred and after reviewing the facts will rule accordingly.”

Clark was ordered to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court July 22nd. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The singer’s publicist characterized the event as five people, more or less, “letting off steam.”

“The facts speak for themselves,” Risley responded. “There was an altercation between the two.”

Clark was a contestant on the Fox network show “American Idol” in 2003 but was booted from the program for not disclosing that he was arrested the previous year for allegedly assaulting his younger sister in Kansas.

He recently went public with claims that he had an affair with Abdul, one of three commentators who offer criticism of the performances. His allegations were the focus of an episode of ABC news magazine “PrimeTime Live.”