‘American Idol’ Sues Season 11 Champ Phillip Phillips For $6 Million
The production company behind the now-ended Fox series, 19 Entertainment, has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the Season 11 champ for failing to pay for managerial services.
Documents obtained by TMZ reveal that after the 25-year-old filed a complaint with the Labor Commission in 2015 asking to be let out of his contract, he stopped shelling out payments.
At that time, the 2012 winner, who is worth $3.5 million, argued that the company had violated California state law by making him perform for the show’s sponsors without any compensation.
This dispute hasn’t been settled yet because 19 Entertainment filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. But they think the now-married Georgia native should pay up until a court says otherwise.
While the music industry juggernaut has recording contracts with winners like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and others, its list of artists under management is much smaller and only includes the “Raging Fire” singer, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon, and La’Porsha Renae.