A singer and songwriter who became a champion on the Fox competition series “American Idol” has taken legal action to try to break his contract. ABC News reports that Phillip Phillips filed a claim against producer 19 Entertainment and other companies associated with the show.
Phillips, who won season 11 of the show in 2012, says he has been “manipulated” by the company, the story reports.
“Phillips, 24, filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, claiming that he was obligated to play gigs that did not benefit his career, such as one show he did for free for JetBlue, and that the production company regularly withheld information about his career from him,” the story reports. “For example, he claimed he only found out the name of his album when the public did. Phillips also alleged that 19 Entertainment receives as much as 40 percent of any of his endorsement deals.”
In a statement, Phillips said: “I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”