‘American Idol’ Producer Sues Season 11 Winner Phillip Phillips for $6 Million

Raging fire. Phillip Phillips is being sued by 19 Entertainment for $6 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The production company is behind the long-standing Fox series American Idol, which launched the singer’s career back in 2012.

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According to THR, 19 Entertainment claims that Phillips, 25, owes them money for refusing to abide by the contract that he signed after winning season 11 of the singing competition. The contract stated that the company would oversee management, recording, publishing and merchandising.

Additionally, 19 Entertainment alleges that nearly $1 million of the money owed is being withheld by the star. (The company filed for bankruptcy in April.)

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Phillip Phillips performs on NBC’s ‘Today’ Show on June 27, 2014.

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Phillips and 19 Entertainment producers haven’t seen eye-to-eye for months. Back in January, the “Home” singer filed court documents claiming that the company “manipulated” him into accepting gigs that benefited them more than his career.

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“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” Phillips said in a statement at the time. “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

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