Phillip Phillips Lawsuit

Report: American Idol Producers Sue Season 11 Champ Phillip Phillips

There’s a “Raging Fire” descending on Phillip Phillips’ life — but this time it’s got nothing to do with his 2014 hit single.

The American Idol Season 11 champ is being sued for more than $5 million by 19 Entertainment, one of the producers of the recently wrapped Fox reality juggernaut, according to TMZ.

19 Entertainment claims Phillips ceased payment of management fees to the company in 2015, after attempting to get out of his contract with them. At the time, Phillips argued to the California Labor Commission that 19 had violated state law by, among other things, making him perform without compensation for Idol sponsors.

While the official 19 Web site notes the company has “long-term recording agreements” with former contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks and Scotty McCreery, its management lineup includes only Phillips, Season 14 champ Nick Fradiani and Season 15’s Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae.

TMZ notes Phillips complaint to the Labor Commission was “delayed when 19 filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.”

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  1. steven says:

    I hope his money won’t be Gone, Gone, Gone.

  2. Emor says:

    As far as I’m concerned, the end of Idol was during his season, when he basically told the producers to f-off and then he won the whole thing! He showed the show what a joke it had become.

  3. Et al. says:


  4. Mary says:

    19 might have a leg to stand on because I don’t believe Phillip could legally cease payment until his suit was settled. I hope he set aside some money. Oh well the saga continues.

    • A fan of TV says:

      And if the only reason the suit wasnt settled is that the company avoided a legal judgement by filling for bankruptcy, it’s just another reminder how crooked the system is in favour of corporations and those with money to drag proceedings through multiple levels of the courts.

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