Idol finalist Jaered acquitted of assault.

Idol finalist Jaered acquitted of assault.
American Idol 2 finalist Jaered Andrews, who was removed from the show after the fourth episode, was charged with assault after he punched a guy who “fondled a female friend of Andrews who had passed out.” The man Jaered punched fell down and died as a result of the fall. Jaered “wasn’t charged with homicide because prosecutors didn’t believe he purposely or negligently caused [the man's] death,” the AP reports; the jury agreed that he fought in self-defense, and found him not guilty. Initially dismissed from the show after it was revealed he was a member of an Ohio hip-hop group, Jaered “maintains he was kicked off because of the bar incident,” according to the AP. Jaered had no comment.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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