Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is facing legal action over claims he violated the show’s rules by auditioning while he was under a record contract.
The bigwigs at Colwel Platinum Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the singer in a federal court in California last Tuesday, alleging Adam worked with them before his stint on “American Idol” and had signed a publishing agreement.
The company recently attempted to release his album entitled “Beg for Mercy” that was made before he became famous in 2009. The album was up for sale on Amazon.com, but Lambert‘s legal team ordered that it be removed.
The lawsuit against Lambert states, “The rules governing appearances on and participation in American Idol when Lambert was a contestant provided, among other things, that contestants were ineligible if ‘As of the date of (the) audition, (they had)… a music recording contract… or any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit (them) from entering into a… recording contract…’ A violation of this provision was grounds for disqualification.”
The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Colwel Platinum Entertainment own half the publishing share of recordings made while Adam was with the company and the right to promote and sell the music.
Adam Lambert hasn’t issued an official statement, but did tweet, “Remember that in any dispute, reserve judgement until all the facts surface from ALL parties. Guilt and innocence come with a complete story.”
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