Phillip Phillips Sues to Escape 'American Idol' Contract, Claims to Have Been 'Manipulated'

January 27, 2015 2:49 AM

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Former "" winner wants to part ways with producer of the show that launched his career. The singer has filed a legal petition against the show's producer 19 Entertainment to get out of an "oppressive, fatally conflicted" contract.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," he says. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my 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 fo...

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