Saturday, July 7, 2012
Former "American Idol" Star Suing MTV For $40 Million
Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark who is more famous for being kicked off the show than actually being on it is suing MTV for defamation after he claims one of their reporters repeatedly badmouthed him and he wants $40 MILLION
Clark was kicked off "Idol" because producers claimed he failed to disclose a recent arrest. Two years later Clark claimed to have had an affair with then judge Paula Abdul.
But Clark claims, MTV News referred to him as a "degenerate," accused him of lying about the charges against him, and even urged readers to boycott his music. Mission accomplished on that one.
Clark says he was ridiculed by MTV for his relationship with Abdul, accusing him of making it up. He still maintains it happened.
Clark describes MTV's practices as "abusing the constitutional privileges of 'freedom of the press' ... with the intent to permanently impair his state property rights and decimate his mental well-being."
He is suing MTV, Viacom, and the writer in question, Jim Cantiello, and is asking for the aforementioned $40 mil.