Former “American Idol” star Antonella Barba is facing being thrown in prison for allegedly violating a court order, as a judge has signed off on an arrest warrant.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Barba’s probation officer, as part of her drug possession case, recently accused her of disobeying the judge.
Barba was supposed to be living with her father, Vincenzo Barba, while being released on bond. She was ordered to maintain a residence with her father in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The officer points to that condition as the reason for Barba’s violation. He did not go into greater detail in the court documents.
The federal judge granted the probation officer’s request and issued a warrant for Barba’s arrest. The warrant was delivered to the United States Marshal to execute and bring her into court.
Last month, Barba pleaded guilty to a charge relating to possessing and distributing fentanyl. The reality star reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She is facing 10 years in prison.
In pleading guilty, Barba faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, a possible forfeiture of assets, and five years of supervised police.
Barba was scheduled to next appear in court on November 21, 2019. She was allowed to be out on bond awaiting sentencing, as long as she obeyed the court order. She will probably be making a much sooner appearance in court.
Barba was allegedly one of several members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads, Virginia from late 2017 through the fall of 2018.
According to the indictment, Barba was attempting to deliver approximately 830.8 grams of fentanyl on the day of her arrest. She also had an additional 400 grams of a "mixture or substance" containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.
Barba was bailed out of jail by her father and has been under home detention with electronic monitoring ever since.
Antonella Barba appeared on the sixth season of “American Idol” and made it into the Top 16 (Jordin Sparks eventually took home the crown). During her run on the show, racy photos of her appeared online, including wet T-shirt pics of her posing in the fountain of the National World War II Memorial.
She was also charged in 2010 with shoplifting after she allegedly walked off with less than $20 worth of goods from an Urban Outfitters in New York City.