American Idol ‘Karen’ Erika Perry was a stripper & sex worker before show & got ‘paid thousands by high-profile men’


AMERICAN Idol contestant Erika Perry claimed she was a stripper and sex worker who was “paid thousands by high-profile men” before joining the show. 

The 26-year-old California college student was labeled “Karen” by fans after she demanded to speak to a manager in an on-air meltdown after being eliminated by judges this week. 

Erika Perry worked as a 'stripper and sex worker' before joining American Idol

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Erika Perry worked as a ‘stripper and sex worker’ before joining American IdolCredit: Getty
The California girl went viral for going 'Karen' after being eliminated this week

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The California girl went viral for going ‘Karen’ after being eliminated this weekCredit: Instagram
The brunette beauty previously said she made 'thousands' from sex with 'high-profile men'

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The brunette beauty previously said she made ‘thousands’ from sex with ‘high-profile men’Credit: Instagram

Erika went viral following being cut by judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan as she began screaming she was a “lunatic” who can go “f**king psycho.”

Years before her antics on the ABC competition series, Erika opened up about her past as a sex worker. 

In 2019, the fiery brunette went on the No Jumper podcast with two friends where the three began talking about their time working as strippers. 

“We would be making money at the strip club and she wouldn’t, so we would pimp her out and she would make $1,000 every time she f**ked someone,” her gal pals said while pointing to Erika.

Erika then chimed in, explaining how she got started: “I f*cked this guy in Laguna Beach.

On a podcast from 2019, Erika opened up about her time as a stripper and sex worker

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On a podcast from 2019, Erika opened up about her time as a stripper and sex workerCredit: No Jumper Podcast
The reality star's gal pals claimed they 'pimped out' Erika to make money from sex

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The reality star’s gal pals claimed they ‘pimped out’ Erika to make money from sexCredit: No Jumper Podcast
The former Idol contestant said she got 'couldn't believe' how much money she made from sex

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The former Idol contestant said she got ‘couldn’t believe’ how much money she made from sexCredit: Instagram

“It was like $1,000 and afterwards I was like ‘yo I can’t believe how much money I made from f**king someone.’ 

“I found all of these rich a** guys on Seeking Arrangements. Like directors…. this guy that owned Live Nation, he was like a partner in it. 

“And he would pay me thousands of dollars. He would get us like hotel rooms at the Roosevelt and we would just like have a party afterwards like after we would do the deed.” 

The former American Idol hopeful was adamant not to say any names and then dropped the bombshell that her work took a turn after her sugar daddy got shot. 

“I had a main sugar daddy but he got shot in April 2017 so ever since that happened I stopped doing activity that was illegal,” the entertainer added. 

Erika has posted a series of sexy images on her social media pages

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Erika has posted a series of sexy images on her social media pagesCredit: Instagram
She also claimed her sugar daddy got 'shot' in 2017

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She also claimed her sugar daddy got ‘shot’ in 2017Credit: Instagram

When asked how she felt after she sold her body for sex, Erika responded she didn’t know because she was “barred out” throughout her experiences.

Erika did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.

The Orange County resident previously said during her audition that the inspiration for her to go on the show was her ex-boyfriend. 

After being dumped days before going on Idol, Erika was adamant getting the Golden Ticket was the best revenge and ultimately made it to the next round. 

During the first round of Hollywood Week on Sunday, Erika was eliminated by the superstar trio of judges. 

As she was sent home, Erika walked over to the judges – who looked nervous. 

The TV personality had an on-air meltdown after being eliminated from American Idol

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The TV personality had an on-air meltdown after being eliminated from American IdolCredit: ABC
Erika went 'Karen' and asked producers if she could speak to a manager

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Erika went ‘Karen’ and asked producers if she could speak to a managerCredit: ABC
Katy Perry looked noticeably alarmed after Erika's post-elimination tantrum

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Katy Perry looked noticeably alarmed after Erika’s post-elimination tantrumCredit: ABC

“Are you sure? Like I’m not even acting right now, seriously but are you sure?” Erika pressed the panel. 

A tense Lionel Richie assured the heartbroken hopeful that the trio of superstar judges were “absolutely sure” of their decision. 

“I’m trying to not have an actual b***h fit because I can get angry and sassy real quick,” she yelled backstage. 

She then approached a producer and asked: “Who’s in charge of this? I’d like to speak to the manager. 

“I’ve been nice for years but I’m tired of being this nice college girl. No! I am done being nice!”

Erika said she went on the show to 'prove her ex-boyfriend' wrong

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Erika said she went on the show to ‘prove her ex-boyfriend’ wrongCredit: Getty
The judges were split on her vocal talents but ultimately gave Erika the golden ticket

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The judges were split on her vocal talents but ultimately gave Erika the golden ticketCredit: Getty

Erika concluded her rant screaming: “I’m a lunatic! Why do you think my ex dumped me? I’m a lunatic I will go f**king psycho!”

Country crooner Luke appeared terrified, and looked over at Lionel who was sitting closest to Erika as she walked out of the theatre. 

“Poor Lionel, you were closest to the danger zone,” the Play It Again singer said with a cringe followed by a laugh. 

American Idol contestant Erika Perry terrifies judges as she demands to ‘speak to manager’ in meltdown after elimination





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