American Idol 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis’ love and support of Paula Abdul led a man to attack him early Thursday morning while he was performing at Cipriani on Wall Street.
The man, who was wearing a suit, “threw punches, pushed Maroulis to the ground and kicked him repeatedly before security guards stepped in”–and all because “Maroulis professed his desire for Abdul’s return to ‘Idol,'” The New York Daily News reports. Someone who was there told the paper, “Constantine got into it with this guy who was probably 6 inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter. The guy body-slammed him and punched him in the face and then just stood up, straightened his tie, and said, ‘Bitch, don’t you ever,’ before walking away.”
Constantine wrote about the fight on Twitter afterwards: “Haha I’m FINE! Some drunk dude tackled me in the middle of the concert and jumped on me” and added, “Broke up quick, didn’t even know him. Or throw one punch. I don’t mind a fight…but only when its fair and I’m lookin.”