New York – 2011 American Idol reject Yogi (Pop) Asano was arrested this week on attempted rape charges.
The 29-year-old “singer” from Japan strutted into his audition in a gold metallic jacket and immediately had the judges enthralled with tales of his Michael Jackson impersonating days.
USA Today described the singer:
Yoji Asano, aka Yoji Pop, looks like he stepped straight out of an anime show, but he’s been imitating Michael all his life. He doesn’t want to sing Michael, though; he’d rather do Miley Cyrus’ Party in the U.S.A. I think he’s singing it in English, but I’m not quite sure. He’s not a horrible dancer, and he has the judges in stitches. I don’t think that’s what he had in mind, though.
A woman claims that she was haning out with Asano on Aug. 24, 2014, and had let him crash at her apartment.
During the night, Asano allegedly crept into her bedroom, laid on top of her and attempted to have sex with her, police sources said.
Asano ran out of the building after the victim fought him off, the sources said, reports the New York Daily News.
Asano stayed in Riker’s Island through the weekend until he posted his $2,500 cash bail on Monday, officials said.
In 2001 during his audition when Jennifer Lopez asked what his story was , Mr. “Pop” answered, “My story? Uh… I’ve been imitating Michael Jackson since I was two-years-old,” but soon corrected himself, saying he has actually been imitating the late King of Pop since “before I was born.”
during his Idol audition he went on to sing Miley Cyrus’ infectious hit “Party in the USA” and literally had Lopez jumping up and down in her seat with glee when he busted out some “Thriller” moves. Eat your heart out, Chris Brown! Our only complaint? We didn’t get to see the judges’ critique of Asano. We’d kill to know what Steven Tyler had to say…