Wednesday night in Atlanta Antonio Wheeler, AKA “Skiiboski” became the sensation of episode two of the ninth season of American Idol.
And it seems that “Skiiboski” has also become scandal number one of the hit Fox show.
Reports say that Wheeler was back in court in 2006 attempting to sue the City of Orlando and Police Department Officer Peter Linnekamp for damages for “mental suffering, embarrassment” and “severe emotional distress”.
The lawsuit follows an incident where Wheeler alleges that he was strapped to a gurney and, in an attempt to force Wheeler to submit to catherization, was repeatedly tasered.
Wheeler had been strapped to the gurney after telling police that he had swallowed some crack cocaine and then refusing to let the hospital do a urine test, subsequently becoming violent to those around him.
Wheeler and his family asserted that the officer had no right to taser him, but the jury ruled in the police department’s favor.
In papers pertaining to the case obtained by RadarOnline.com it states that Officer Linnekamp seeked to receive records pertaining to the mental health treatment and/ or evaluation of Wheeler. Apparently during the course of the case questions were raised about Wheeler’s mental competency, and on December 9th, 2005 the court issued an order requiring Wheeler to undergo a court ordered examination for the purpose of determining competency. Wheeler attempted to have these records sealed, but his motion was denied on November 30th 2007.
Even though Simon Cowell wasn’t a fan, Wheeler won over the other three of the American Idol judges on Wednesday to gain a place in Hollywood, with his rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic.
“You’ve got some good vocals, but I would lose the nonsense,” offered Randy Jackson, referring to Skiiboski’s (misspelled) nickname sequined onto a shirt.
Looks like if Wheeler is anything to go by it’s going to be a fun filled season 9 of American Idol!