Phillip Phillips sues ‘American Idol’ management for ‘oppressive contract’
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has filed a legal claim against 19 Entertainment seeking to void his recording, management and merchandizing deals.
Phillip Phillips is American Idol‘s latest “superstar”. He won the show in 2012 and produced a massive hit in “Home” and has sold millions of albums and singles. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time as Idol is trying to rebuild its reputation as a show that makes stars.
Looks like it was a tumultuous three years after all for Phillips and American Idol management 19 Entertainment as both parties are prepared to argue their case in court.
Phillips’ lawyer filed a petition with the CA Labor Commissioner last January 22, 2015, claiming that Phillips was forced to perform for free and was manipulated in doing so.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
On Jan. 22, Phillips lodged a bombshell petition with the California Labor Commissioner that asserts that Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies have “manipulated” him into accepting jobs since he hit it big. In a filing that reveals some of Phillips’ post-show tribulations, including being forced to perform for free for one of Idol sponsors and not even knowing the title of his last album before it was announced publicly, the singer is seeking to void his various agreements with 19, said by the star’s lawyer to be “oppressive, fatally conflicted.”
“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” says Phillips. “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, 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.”
A spokesperson for 19 Entertainment tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together with Phillip, working closely to help nurture his extraordinary talent and advance his career. We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships.