A day after the finale of this season’s America’s Got Talent competition, singer Michael Ketterer, who placed fifth in the finale, was arrested for domestic violence.
The Los Angeles Police Department told People Ketterer, 41, was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Hollywood following an argument he had with his wife, which reportedly escalated and got physical. According to a TMZ report, there was allegedly a red mark on her body when the police arrived at the hotel where they were staying, and where the altercation took place.
Ketterer has six children and works as a pediatric mental health care nurse and worship leader. On this season of America’s Got Talent, he brought Simon Cowell to tears because he’s a “really special guy,” and Cowell even gave him the “Golden Buzzer,” which means he was immediately sent through to the live shows.
Reportedly, Ketterer admitted to the fight, but told TMZ it was a “misunderstanding.” His wife allegedly told the police she didn’t want to press charges, but Ketterer was arrested anyway because when officers are called to the scene of a domestic violence altercation in California, at least one person is often arrested.
TMZ obtained video of the moment Ketterer was taken into custody and charged with a felony. TMZ reports, however, that this charge will likely be changed to a misdemeanor because his wife’s injury is considered “minor.”
Ketterer was released after his $50,000 bail was paid and his case will be reviewed by the Los Angeles City Attorney.