Former 2003 American Idol contestant Corey Clark was one of the front-runners in the second season where he made it to the top 10 finalist round before being disqualified from the competition after the show’s producers found out about a previous arrest which Corey allegedly failed to them about when before hand.
Fast forward more than a decade later and the booted singer, who was reportedly involved in an affair with then-Idol judge Paula Abdul, is still trying to clear his name.
via Rumor Fix
Corey Clark may be best remembered as the 2003 American Idol contestant who allegedly had an affair with former judge Paula Abdul, but he wants to be known as a talented singer and is suing Idol to prove it. He is talking exclusively to RumorFix about a $250 million dollar claim against the FOX talent competition.
After being hailed as one of the most impressive finalists of the second season, Corey made it to the Top Ten. That’s when was disqualified — not for hooking up with Paula — but for allegedly withholding information about a previous arrest.
The 33-year-0ld has always maintained that he never lied to Idol and has been trying for 10 years to get the documents from FOX to prove he never should have been disqualified. And, now the father of three has provided RumorFix with the paper work that he says proves his case.
He points out that the first page of the background check is dated April 2, 2003, which was two days after he was disqualified from the show. However, the second page of the document, which shows the arrest, is dated January 15, 2003 — which is three months before they axed him. “That means American Idol lied,” he tells us, explaining they knew about the arrest long before he made it to the finals. He also contends he verbally told producers about the arrest.
In addition to accusing American Idol producers of shady antics when it came to his disqualification, Corey us also alleging that it had to do with the fact that he’s black.
And, here’s one more element to his lawsuit– Corey is claiming racial discrimination.
Since the show’s inception there have been sixteen contestants who have been disqualified — most due to misdemeanor arrests. Corey says all sixteen have been African Americans.
“They have never disqualified a white contestant openly. If they have it was quietly it was done behind closed doors,” he says.
These are some pretty heavy allegations. Wonder if Corey’s former secret-squirrel cougar lady Paula Abdul will help him move this forward…