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‘American Idol’ star Antonella Barba blames show for drug arrest – Fox News


 The former “American Idol” contestant facing a decade behind bars on federal drug trafficking charges blamed the ABC show for sending her on a downward spiral that eventually led to her arrest  Appearing on the the singing competition ruined 32-year-old Antonella Barba’s life, culminating in her 2018 drug bust, her attorney claimed in court documents filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Nov 14.  “The ‘American Idol’ experience brought about a detrimental change in Ms. Barba’s life,” the filing states  The former Point Pleasant, N.J. resident pleaded guilty in July to charges of fentanyl possession with intent to distribute, and is begging for leniency ahead of her Nov 21 sentencing.  In the 18-page filing, Barba’s attorney described her as a pious and driven person, who began playing violin at the age of four and had a stellar academic career  But competing on the show in 2007 “interrupted her dream of a career in architecture” and was “where it all went wrong,” the lawyer, James O Broccoletti, wrote, citing a letter of support from Barba’s mother.  The filing also cited letters of supports from relatives and friends who said then-19-year-old Barba’s “sudden move to Hollywood” for the competition was a “recipe for disaster ”  Barba reached the top 16 on the sixth season of “American Idol” — but was “devastated” when she wasn’t able to hack it see also Former ‘American Idol’ contestant pleads guilty to drug charges She faces 10 years to life in prison, but prosecutors  She simply couldn’t “come to terms with her lack of success in the entertainment industry,” the filing states  In 2018, Barba was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and narcissistic personality disorder, according to the filing  “The most probable reason that Ms. Barba finds herself before this Court is that her inability to come to terms with her lack of success in the entertainment industry exacerbated her then undiagnosed mental illness,” the filing states  In October 2018, Barba and was arrested in Norfolk, Va., while serving as a courier for a drug ring  But she had “very little insight if any into the scope and the structure of this [drug] conspiracy,” the filing claims  “Prior to receiving the package, she did not know the type of substance or the quantity she was to deliver,” the doc states  Barba’s attorney is asking for the court to give his client a break and sentence her to no more than 3 8 years. Share this:

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