season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has pressed legal claims against 19 Entertainment
, the corporation giant responsible for handling his career post-show and one half of Idol
itself (its partner in production being Fremantle).
Paperwork was filed on Jan. 22 through the California Labor Commissioner and features some of the tribulations which Phillip, as a 19 artist, has had to go through since his Idol
win back in 2012. These claims include, but are not limited to, being "manipulated" into performing free shows for sponsors, and not even knowing the name of his sophomore album, Behind the Light
, until it was publicly announced. Phillips' lawyer has gone on the record to label 19's management as "oppressive" and "fatally conflicted."
It should be noted that Phillips is aware of the major career boost that an opportunity like Idol
had given to him, but does not support decisions made by its parent company following his victory. Given the allegations which he has claimed, it's hard for this writer to really blame him. Still, Phillips has a tough road ahead of him against one of the world's biggest entertainment groups, with a representative of 19 telling The Hollywood Reporter
, "We’re very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together with Phillip, working closely to help nurture his extraordinary talent and advance his career. We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships."
Phillips is incorporating the Talent Agencies Act into his claim - a Californian law proclaiming that only licensed talent agents may retrieve employment opportunities for artists. Artists who have incorporated this law into their claims in the past include Kesha and Arsenio Hall. Considering the nature of 19 Entertainment's employing him with free shows for sponsors on their own, Phillips may have a case built for him, yet. We will certainly learn more in the coming weeks of the nature and direction of this petition.
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