Transcript for 'American Idol' Winner Says He Was Manipulated by Record Company
Legal battle involving American Idol winner Philip gulps he says he's been manipulated by the company that produces his records manages career and now he wants out of his contract. In she's Abby Boudreau has the story. And. This morning American Idol winner turned gone gone gone a mega star. Phillip Phillips. Filing a bombshell petition hoping to terminate its relationship of the company he's calling oppressive and fatally conflict it. The 24 year old season eleven winner who signed recording management publishing and merchandising deals with nineteen entertainment. A co producer of American Idol or even winning the competition in 2012. Alleging the company manipulated Phillips into accepting jobs and entering into other transactions. That we're for the benefit of nineteen and it's affiliated companies rather than his own benefit. One of the things that bill Phillips complains about is that he was being forced to perform for American Idol sponsors for free. Phillips also claiming the company repeatedly withheld material regarding important career matters even allegedly naming and releasing the title of his most recent album without consulting him. Phillips says after hitting it big for songs like home. He frequently requested that its management company renegotiate his recording deal. But he claims they never did because the label and manager are both under the same umbrella company. These kinds of man made disputes are fairly common in the entertainment industry. Phillips is attorney telling ABC news the singer appreciates the opportunity American Idol afforded. But adds he never anticipated that the producers would favor their own interests above his career. Nineteen entertainment fighting back telling us. We have always acted in the best interests to fill up we will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships. For Good Morning America Abbie Boudreau ABC news Los Angeles. Just follow this her legal analyst Dan Abrams and this is actually not a loss to the petition that's right they're going to the California labor commission. You basically to Joyce in California to concealment of CO where many go to this California labor commissioner looked ordinarily. You go to the California labor commission could you don't want to hire a lawyer it's much more informal. The process is much easier you don't typically have a sort of multi million dollar lawsuit although it's happened and contracts had been invalidated. By the California labor commission. Although it is very tough. To get in particular this kind of deal to get it invalidated. You know he's not any easy position here depending on the outcome this could happen. Jim how if if if this California labor commissioner Robert this is not a judge deciding it's a commissioners part of this mission makes a decision that says. This entire contract is a violation of this. Talent agencies act. That could invalidate all sorts of reality show contract. I think it's unlikely that they will go that far they could cherry pick certain things that he says happened to him and say. If that shouldn't have happened or they shouldn't have happened and then we could also C a lawsuit down the road to. A lot of folks keep a close eye on the Ellen all right there.
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