'American Idol' producers sue season 11 winner Phillip Phillips for $6 million

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"American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment has filed a $6 million breach of contract suit against Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.

In a claim filed in New York bankruptcy court on Thursday, the production company contends that the "Home" singer is withholding as much as $1 million amid an ongoing contract dispute.

Last January, Phillips filed a petition with the California Labor Commission, seeking to free himself from what the former contestant claimed was an "oppressive" contract that 19 Entertainment used to take advantage of his success.

According to 19's latest filing, Phillips is withholding "no less than $850,000 and as much as $1,000,000" in "anticipation" that the contract will be voided. However, 19 Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, and the claim says that as a result, no ruling can be reached on the contract dispute for the foreseeable future.

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Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips performs with his band at Draft Town on Saturday May 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
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From left, finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and host Ryan Seacrest appear onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Phillip Phillips poses backstage at the American Idol Finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Phillip Phillips performs onstage after winning at the American Idol Finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips answers questions at the American Idol Live! Tour press junket on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips answers questions at the American Idol Live! Tour press junket on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
SUNRISE, FL - AUGUST 03: Phillip Phillips performs during American Idols Live at BankAtlantic Center on August 3, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
American singer-songwriter and winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, Phillip Phillips, Jr. poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Phillip Phillips, right, and Hannah Blackwell arrive at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
American singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. More than 80 thousand people a day are expected to attend the week-long festival which features over 120 bands and artists and runs until Sunday. Conceived by the entrepreneur Roberto Medina, the first Rock in Rio took place in the Rio de Janeiro in 1985. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Phillip Phillips, left, and Hannah Blackwell arrive at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips visits the Mix 106 Performance Theater on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: Honoree Phillip Phillips attends the 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BMI)
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The company also anticipates that "additional damages from continuing breaches" will exceed $5 million, which it asks that Phillips also be forced to pay.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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