America’s Got Talent Finalist Michael Ketterer Arrested for Domestic Violence

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Auditions 2" Episode 1302 -- Pictured: Michael Ketterer -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

WELP. The saintly facade cracked pretty fast! Within less than 24 hours after the finale, Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent golden buzzer, Michael Ketterer, was arrested on a domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.

Michael Ketterer — who finished in 5th place on this season’s “America’s Got Talent” — has been arrested for felony domestic violence.

Ketterer was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by the LAPD in Hollywood. Law enforcement sources tell us … he got into a fight with his wife, and when cops showed up they noticed she had a visible red mark.

We’re told he was cuffed and booked for a felony because of the injury. Ketterer was released after posting $50k bail.

Michael tells us … the arrest was a big “misunderstanding.” He admits he and his wife got into an argument in their hotel room and cops were called, but she told them she didn’t want to press charges. Ketterer says they arrested him anyway, telling him the law’s the law.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the case will be downgraded to a misdemeanor because the injury was so minor. We’re told the case will be referred to the L.A. City Attorney. 

Fans of AGT know Michael’s journey on the show was propelled by his image as the selfless pediatric nurse who adopted a bunch of at risk kids. Garth Brooks provided a song for Michael “Courage to Love.” to perform on the finale. The two are set to perform together at Brook’s October 2oth Notre Dame concert. 

Here’s Ketterer in custody outside of the hotel he was arrested at talking with an officer.

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