"Fantasia does not know what to believe now," Dickens said of the lawsuit. "She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook's complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know. Fantasia is heartbroken. She feels betrayed. She is also sorry for the pain she has caused."
A brief recap of some of the more notable "Idol" flare-ups:
Scandals have erupted nearly every season since "American Idol" premiered in 2002 -- and have not made a dent in the popularity of the top-rated reality show.
Part of it is baked into the show's very DNA.
"'Idol' is all about cast and controversy," Mike Darnell, the Fox president of alternative entertainment, told Reuters in a 2008 interview. "So as soon as you get the right ingredients, the ratings go up again."
The seventh season of "Idol" ended in a storm of controversy with the apparent suicide of Paula Goodspeed, who had auditioned for the show in 2005 but had not made the cut.
After Goodspeed was found dead in a parked car a few doors away from Abdul's home in November of 2008, Abdul lashed out at producers and Cowell for allowing the young woman to audition.
Abdul told ABC's "The View" that Goodspeed had been stalking her for 17 years and later told co-host Barbara Walters on Walters' radio show that she pleaded with Cowell and the producers not to let Goodspeed audition.
They did, she said, for the "entertainment value. It's fun for them to cause me stress. This was something that would make good television."
When Walters asked why Abdul remains on a show that would put her in peril, Abdul said: "I'm under contract."
Goodspeed's death also reignited the debate over whether the judges' comments go too far. The show's executive producer Ken Warwick defended the judges' commentary in a recent interview with USA Today. "Sometimes it is mean," he said. "So is life."
Season 4 finalist Jessica Sierra had several brushes with the law after her time in the spotlight. First Sierra was given a year's probation in November 2007 after pleading no contest to felony battery and cocaine possession charges. Less than a month later, she was arrested again at a Tampa, Fla., bar and charged with disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest and violating conditions of her parole.
A judge sentenced her to a year of rehab at a California facility run by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Sierra got another shot at reality television, appearing in the first season of Pinsky's VH-1 show "Celebrity Rehab."
Corey Clark, one of 12 finalists during the show's second season, told ABC's "Primetime Live" that as a 22-year-old he had an off-camera relationship with Abdul, then 40, that was at first platonic but later sexual.
Clark was abruptly booted from the show in April 2003 when producers learned he had been arrested for a domestic dispute with his sister the previous year.
After Clark's allegations, Abdul's rep issued a statement at the time saying she "will not dignify the false statements made by Corey Clark with a response. He is communicating lies about Paula Abdul in order to generate interest in a book deal."
The "Idol" producers at the time said they were never contacted by Clark concerning his claims.
Clark became an "Idol" footnote and Abdul continued to be a judge.