A champion of the Fox singing competition show “American Idol” has been hit with a $5 million lawsuit by 19 Entertainment, which produces the show. TMZ.com reports that the company filed the lawsuit against Phillip Phillips, who won season 11 of the series in 2012.
The company also manages Phillips and other “Idol” winners, and says the singer has been holding out for years on paying the firm its management fees.
“In the docs, obtained by TMZ, 19 says the 2012 ‘Idol’ champ stopped paying management fees when he filed a 2015 complaint with the Labor Commission — begging out of his contract, claiming it violated California law,” TMZ reports. “That dispute hasn’t been settled — it was delayed when 19 filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The company thinks Phillips should pay up the money now because it still has a valid contract with him until a court says otherwise.”