Guarini, 24, was with American Idol victor Kelly Clarkson and five other friends when his jet-ski almost hit a five-year-old girl at Joe Pool Lake in Dallas, Texas, on 28 June (03).
Reports quickly surfaced that Guarini was behaving irresponsibly - even laughing - when his jet-ski ran onto the shore and encountered the near-miss.
And after two months of silence, Guarini explains, "I lost control of my jet-ski, and it was an accident that anyone could have had.
"There was a girl who was 15 feet away the whole time. I passed by her, and her father was understandably upset. I apologised profusely, and that was the end of the situation.
"The media were saying, 'He's facing jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines!' I paid, like, a couple hundred bucks (dollars)."
And Guarini insists he was nothing but polite after the accident: "The father ended up thanking me for how well I handled the situation. I don't think he wouldn't done that if I was rude to him."28/08/2003 08:56