Just one day after performing in America’s Got Talent two-part finale, the contestant, Michael Ketterer, found himself arrested by the authorities for a domestic violence dispute. A Los Angeles Department representative said to People Magazine that the police detained the 41-year-old on Thursday at approximately 3:45 pm.
TMZ reported the news of his arrest on Friday, claiming that they booked the America’s Got Talent contestant after fighting with his wife in their hotel room.
When the authorities arrived at the room, they noticed a red mark on her body. According to Ketterer, it was all a “big misunderstanding.” His wife didn’t want to press charges.
However, for the sake of her safety, the police took Ketterer into a jail. One day before the altercation, Mike performed a rendition of the classic song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” that impressed judges during the two-day finale of the reality series.
Simon Cowell was a huge fan of Mr. Ketterer, suggesting that he and Garth Brooks should collaborate, adding that Brooks should serve as his mentor.
It all came to fruition on Wednesday, when Mike performed alongside Garth Brooks on AGT and they sang the song, “Courage To Love,” together, which Brooks wrote specifically for him.
Reportedly, the police are dropping the charges down to a misdemeanor, because his spouse didn’t want to press charges. Moreover, they are deferring the case to the LA City Attorney.
According to an insider, “Mike and his wife were fighting pretty loudly about something and it scared some of their neighbors. I guess they were arguing and it sounded bad through the walls. However, it wasn’t physical or anything, so I imagine these charge won’t stick.”
As for if this incident will impact his career at all remains to be seen. In the current climate, following the #MeToo movement, allegations such as these are especially deleterious.