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American Idol Contestant Sues MTV For $40 MILLION!

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Corey Clark

Remember Corey Clark?

He's the guy that was kicked off American Idol season two after producers discovered he had three misdemeanor charges in his past.

Almost 10 years later, Corey is suing American Idol MTV talking about it!

The suit claims the music network and ex-MTV News correspondent Jim Cantiello:

"persisted in a libelous crusade to defame [Clark's] character and disparage his intellectual property rights with full knowledge that [he] had no access to a comparable media platform with which to respond."

Clark wants a quarter of a million dollars for "out-of pocket losses and diminution of business profits." Okay, that's almost understandable– wait? That's not all??

NOPE! Clark is also asking for: $1.5 million for the "defendants' deliberate misconduct," $10 million to "punish [MTV] for abusing their constitutional right of free press," aaaand $25 million "to deter American media organizations similarly situated to [MTV] from decomposing the content of its News divisions into senseless tabloid fodder."

Yeah, good luck with that Corey! LOL!

Can we say he's a delusional mess without getting sued too??

[Image via WENN.]

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6 comments to “American Idol Contestant Sues MTV For $40 MILLION!”

  1. 1

    Isn't this the douche-bag that said Paula was his sugar-mama???

  2. 2

    MTV is pure trash anyway. I hope he shuts their ass down.

  3. 3

    The lawsuit strategy is called "aim high shoot low". You go for everything you possibly can,. no mater how far fetched it sounds, yet expect to get maybe a quarter or half of what you aim for. Done all the time. Like if I said I was going to sue YOU for 100 Billion dollars for whatever reason and knowing full well you don't have that kind of money, but by filing the claim you must respond and therefore the case could move ahead regardless (your future earnings could be held as a possible part of the 'winnings'). Chances are you'll opt to try and settle out of court for a fraction of that and I, honestly expecting that move, would be willing to negotiate.

  4. 4

    The distinction that Clark is alleging is what we the public think we know as facts, are indeed fictitious false statements made about him by Idol & Viacom to shed Clark in an unfavorable false light. "If" Clark is telling the truth, Viacom & anyone else who defamed Clark are in trouble for this. Not only does it prove that what they did worked, it also means Clark is going to win this lawsuit after enduring that many years of defamation.

  5. 5

    According to the complaint on E! Online, Clark made Viacom aware years ago that what they were broadcasting and publishing about him was indeed defamatory & they continued to disseminate false facts about Clark to the public anyway with reckless disregard for the truth. Furthering whatever agenda the writer seemed to have against Clark. On top of that the libelous information is still available online for the millions of people worldwide that visit that site daily after being put on notice that it was defamatory!

  6. 6

    This isn't good for Viacom. Many of you are under the false impression that freedom of the press grants the press the uncontested right to say anything about anyone that they want to & that's not the law. In fact it's abusive of the law & makes things worse for actual journalists with integrity hence the high punitive damges against MTV he's asking for. That amount is not what he's claiming he's lost, it's to punish the defendants for maliciously attacking him all of these years & to deter other similarly situated news organizations from doing the same, but I'm just a lowly attorney from California who isn't on this case so what do I know right?? ;o)