In addition to performing in and around New Jersey, Jones has appeared in a play and an independent film and done some motivational speaking. But the source close to him said he's been unable to put the experience on "Idol," especially the very public exposure of his criminal past behind him.
Jones, the source said, began having nightmares and panic attacks about the moment in March 2012 when he was confronted on camera by former "Idol" producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe for not revealing his criminal history. The show aired the confrontation and Jones being shown the door.
Jones later told People magazine that he had previously disclosed his legal troubles, all for minor offenses, including giving false names to the police. He said the show did an extensive background check and even told him to hire a lawyer to take care of some fines.
Following his exit from the show, in July 2012, Jones cleared up his legal troubles, by pleading guilty to one charge of giving a false name, for which was fined $200. Another charge was dismissed, Freeman said.