Maine 'Idol' Hopeful Facing Domestic Abuse Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A two-time "American Idol" contestant
from Maine is facing a domestic abuse charge after a police officer
saw her hit her husband.

A police report says 25-year-old Jessica Candage of Yarmouth was
spotted Sunday evening by a Portland officer who said it appeared
she was preventing her husband from walking toward him. The officer
then saw Candage punch her husband, Craig, in the face several

Craig Candage told the Portland Press Herald the incident was
his fault and his wife shouldn't have been charged.

Jessica Candage competed on "American Idol" under the stage
name Jessica Cunningham. She twice made it to the final 24. When
last voted off the show, she responded to the judges' rejection by
delivering a two-fisted, obscene gesture.

She's due in court June 30.

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