'American Idol' star Antonella Barba arrested on charges of attempting to distribute heroin

31-year-old Antonella Barba, a former contestant on the 'American Idol' season 6, was arrested on Thursday by sheriff's deputies in Norfolk County, Virginia.


                            'American Idol' star Antonella Barba arrested on charges of attempting to distribute heroin

According to TMZ, Antonella Barba, who appeared on the sixth season of 'American Idol', was arrested for allegedly attempting to distribute heroin. According to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, the singer faces a felony charge of heroin distribution of 100g or more after she was arrested on Thursday, October 11 in Virginia around 11:30 a.m. While 31-year-old is currently held in prison with a court appearance scheduled for next week, further details of the case are yet to be revealed.

Singer Antonella Barba poses on the red carpet at the Cherry Lane Music Publishing's 50th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on May 19, 2010, in New York City. (Getty)
Singer Antonella Barba poses on the red carpet at the Cherry Lane Music Publishing's 50th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on May 19, 2010, in New York City. (Getty)

 

Barba gained fame after posing in the fountain of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. wearing a wet t-shirt before she competed on 'American Idol' in 2007 and was eliminated right before season 6’s top 12 were chosen. This is not the first time Barba had a run-in with the law; she was reportedly busted for shoplifting in New York City back in 2011. However, that did not stop her from appearing on an episode of 'Fear Factor' the following year, when she competed with a woman named Jenna. The pair, who claimed to own a singing telegraph business together, was eliminated when Jenna quit the challenge.

Antonella Barba, 31, was booked by sheriff's deputies in Norfolk County, Virginia on Thursday. (Norfolk County Police)
Antonella Barba, 31, was booked by sheriff's deputies in Norfolk County, Virginia on Thursday. (Norfolk County Police)

 

Earlier this year, Barba reunited with a number of former Idol stars on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for a special “Where Are They Now” musical segment. The contestants recorded a song akin to 1985’s 'We Are the World,' in which each singer explained what they have been up to since the season concluded. However, Barba's personal representative is yet to respond to a request for comment by Hollywood Life.