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Adam Lambert’s legal woes

by Lauren Bottner

November 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

Pop singer Adam Lambert has been slapped with a lawsuit charging that he violated the rules of American Idol when he agreed to be on the 8th season of the reality show.

A new lawsuit, from Colwel Platinum Entertainment, alleges that he had a music contract at the time he auditioned and then signed a contract with American Idol which violates both American Idol eligibility rules and Colwel Platinum’s clause on “Music Services.” Now the company is arguing that they, rather than “American Idol” are entitled to profits from his interim success, and that Lambert has betrayed the company’s claims to the Jewish American Idol.

Despite legal friction, Colwel Platinum Entertainment has already started marketing Lambert’s new album “Beg for Mercy” only to hit a wall. Lambert’s representatives sent takedown notices to Amazon.com, warning them to stop selling the album.  But according to New York Times Magazine, they haven’t listened. The Times reported on Oct. 14 that “Beg for Mercy” had been officially removed from the site although when they investigated, “Beg for Mercy” was still listed, at $9.99.

Hence the lawsuit from Colwel Platinum for false claims under the Digital Millennuim Copyright Act. 

So far, Lambert has been tight-lipped on the subject as have reps for American Idol. But the sirens of social media are too strong for Lambert to resist. According to The Hollywood Reporter Lambert responded to the lawsuit by urging his fans to wait for the facts: “Remember than in any dispute, reserve judgement until all the facts surface from ALL parties. Guilt and innocence come with a complete story.”

He followed that statement with another message that said, “Eyes on the prize.” 

Read past Hollywood Jew coverage on Adam Lambert here:
Adam Lambert: Jewish and Gay
Adam Lambert: the Jewish American Idol

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