Which Former American Idol Contestant Is Suing MTV for $40 Million?
Season 2 American Idol contestant Corey Clark has reportedly filed a $40 million llibel lawsuit against MTV and Viacom, its parent company, in a Tennessee District Court.
Corey, you may remember, was disqualified from Idol for failing to disclose that he was facing a battery change revolving around an incident with his sister, plus two other misdemeanor charges. The Idol alum eventually pled guilty to obstruction of justice, but was acquitted of two of the three charges.
According to Reuters (via Yahoo! News), Corey claims that MTV’s coverage of him from 2007 through 2011 referred to him as a “degenerate,” an "alleged sister-beater," and called for a boycott of his music. He maintains that the writing of MTV Idol expert Jim Cantiello in particular lead to irreparable character defamation.
Corey also famously claimed that he had a personal relationship with former Idol judge Paula Abdul, which he wrote about in his book They Told Me to Tell the Truth, So...: The Sex, Lies and Paulatics of One of America's Idols.
In the suit, the singer alleges that MTV continually ridiculed him for speaking up on his supposed relationship with Paula, indicating that he “invented the romance.”