Former 'American Idol' Contestant Corey Clark Suing Fox
Season 2 semifinalist claims his life was destroyed after his alleged affair with Paula Abdul went public.
Corey Clark, an aspiring singer who was kicked off American Idol in 2003 after his arrest record was exposed on the Internet, is suing the top-rated program over comments made about his early exit and his alleged affair with former judge Paula Abdul.
In a 44-page complaint, obtained Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter, Clark takes specific aim at Fox and E! Entertainment, as well as Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Morrison & Foerster, the two law firms whose investigation into the alleged affair ultimately cleared Abdul's name of any wrongdoing.
"Investigators spent three and a half months reviewing materials provided by Clark and Abdul and investigating 43 people, (10 of whom were eyewitnesses to the conduct between Clark and Abdul alleged by Clark) in an effort to further disparage Clark's name and reputation and conceal the facts and true nature of Clark's disqualification and romantic relationship with Abdul," the complaint reads.
Clark also alleges that Idol's in-house lawyers threatened a $5 million lawsuit or breaching the confidentiality portion of his agreement after a book proposal about the affair began to circulate.
So, where does E! Entertainment factor into all of this? Well, Clark is also mad about the "defamatory statements" made during Abdul's E! True Hollywood Story episode that aired in January 2012.
He's suing for "libel, false light invasion of privacy and a third count for conspiracy to commit commercial product disparagement," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the petition, they are seeking to sue for racial discrimination over the "mistreatment of black contestants by asking about arrest history," according to the report.
Clark was arrested in October 2002 for a domestic dispute with his sister. He gave details of the alleged affair to Primetime Live and in his e-book, They Told Me to Tell the Truth, So...: The Sex, Lies and Paulatics of One of America's Idols, in May 2005.