Phillip Phillips, who won “American Idol” in 2012, has filed papers against 19 Entertainment in an effort to be released from what he’s termed his “oppressive” contract with them.
Phillips alleging that he’s been “manipulated” into taking on jobs that only benefit 19 Entertainment, he acknowledges that he’s “very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on ‘American Idol.” 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.”
Phillips 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.
Phillips’ filing was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.