MTV Networks has been sued for libel by a singer who competed on "American Idol" during its second season, reports Reuters.
Corey Clark is suing for more than $40 million, claiming he was unfairly ridiculed by MTV News correspondent Jim Cantiello. The lawsuit claims Cantiello falsely attacked the singer as a liar and called for a boycott of his music, according to the story.
The article reports: "Clark was disqualified on March 31, 2003, after ‘Idol’ officials learned he had faced three misdemeanor charges, including one battery charge involving his sister. He was later acquitted of two of the three charges and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, the lawsuit said.”
Representatives for Viacom, which was also named in the suit, and MTV couldn’t be immediately reached for comment, the story notes.