'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.

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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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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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