Phillip Phillips Files Legal Papers To Get Out Of “Oppressive” Contract With American Idol Producer

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By Michael Lewittes

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Phillip Phillips, who won “American Idol” in 2012, has filed papers against 19 Entertainment, the producers of the hit singing competition show, all in an effort to be released from what he’s termed his “oppressive” contract with them. 19 Entertaiment handles all aspects of Phillips’ career from his record and merchandise deals to his overall management.

But now Phillips wants out, alleging that he’s been “manipulated” into taking on jobs that only benefit 19 Entertainment, and may be hurtful to his career. In a petition to the California Labor Commissioner, Phillips acknowledges that he’s “very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on ‘American Idol’,” and what it has done for his “career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

That said, Phillips is objecting, among others things, to how he feels he was forced in 2013 to perform for free at an event for JetBlue, a sponsor of the “American Idol Live Appearance Tour,” though he wasn’t actually part of that particular tour. He also alleges that information was often withheld from him, including the title of his album “Behind The Light,” which was released last year.

Of course, there are several other legal issues involved, but what so you think of Phillips’ petition? News of the Phillips’ filing was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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