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Cheryl Cole sues over X-Factor USA monies

By | Published on Monday 10 December 2012

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit on Friday against Blue Orbit Productions, one of the TV companies involved in the US version of ‘X Factor’.

The Girl Aloud alleges that she is owed at least $2.3 million relating to her short time working on the show. As previously reported, Cole followed Simon Cowell from the UK version of ‘X’ to sit on the judging panel of the American version of the talent franchise, but was axed before ‘X USA’ had even begun airing, reportedly because US producers had concerns about the Geordie’s accent.

Cole says that while she was paid her $1.8 million fee for the first series of ‘X-Factor USA’, despite never appearing, she was contractually due another $2 million for the second series too, which her original contact included. She is also owed various expenses that were listed in that contract, including costs for wardrobe, a stylist, hotels in LA, first class flights and personal security.

Cole’s lawsuit asks for all that she alleges is owed from the ‘X’ makers, plus interest, legal fees and any “further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate”. Neither Blue Orbit nor any of the other companies with a stake in ‘X USA’ have as yet commented on the litigation.