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British singer Cheryl Cole is suing the producers of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, claiming that she is due millions for the show’s second season, even though she was fired during the early stages of the first season..
Cole is a judge on the UK version and began work on the US version, but was quickly fired. She received a full $1.8 million paycheck for the season, but claims that she is still owed $2.3 million by producer Blue Orbit Productions for the show’s second season.
E! News reports that Cole claims that her contract’s “pay or play” clause means that she should be paid the $2 million salary she was supposed to get for the second season. In addition, she says she is owed the $100,000 wardrobe allowance, $25,000 for a stylist, $15,000/month apartment allowance for living in LA and $2,500/month in living expenses.
Cole also wants Blue Orbit to pay for her security and first-class round-trip tickets from LA to New York, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
The suit also adds that she is entitled to “further relief as the Court may deem just and appropriate.”
Cole was in the first audition episodes for The X Factor, but was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. Paula Abdul and Scherzinger also left after the first season and were replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
Blue Orbit has not commented on the suit.