Former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is being sued by the show’s production company, 19 Entertainment, for failing to pay his management fees.
19 Entertainment, which manages Phillips and the careers of all other “Idol” winners, claims the 2012 champion stopped paying his management fees and now owes the company approximately one million dollars.
Their complaint filed in New York City court on Thursday also states that Phillips should be forced to pay an additional five million dollars for “repudiating and breaching various agreements.”
According to court documents obtained by TMZ Phillips ceased paying his managerial fees when he filed a complaint with the Labor Commission in 2015, stating that his contract with the entertainment company defied California law.
Phillips’ attorney, Howard King, issued the following reaction to the six million dollar lawsuit, insisting that “19’s new complaint is a blatant attempt to evade California’s jurisdiction and thwart its fundamental public policies crafted to protect artists. 19 cannot murder its parents, then seek mercy as an orphan.”;
19 Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late April.