LATEST: American Idol contestant COREY CLARK has been thrown off the talent show after it was discovered he faces assault charges against his 15-year-old sister.

Clark, one of nine remaining finalists, faces trial over an incident at his family home last October (02).

US network Fox were tipped off after details of the alleged assault were leaked to the press.

He is now the third contestant to be axed from the show this year after revelations about his past.

Last month (FEB03) 23-year-old Frenchie Davis was forced to pull out of the race amid revelations she had posed topless on an Internet porn site and semi-finalist Jaered Andrews was kicked off the programme after it was found he had been arrested on an assault charge.

Fox has yet to announce if Clark will be replaced on the show.