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  • "X Factor" castoff Cheryl Cole files $2.3 million lawsuit against producers


    Published 12/10/2012 21:12:33
    Musician Cheryl Cole waves as she arrives for the European premiere of 'What to expect when you are Expecting', in London May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

    LOS ANGELES ( - Cheryl Cole, who was originally hired as a judge for the American version of "The X Factor" but was replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger before the show premiered, is now suing the producers of the show for $2.3 million dollars, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

    In the complaint against Blue Orbit Productions, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Girls Aloud singer Cole claims that she entered a pay-or-play agreement with Blue Orbit Productions in April 22, 2011, that guaranteed her $1.8 million for the first season of the show, and $2 million for the second.

    The suit also says that Cole was also due to receive other expenses for housing, wardrobe, styling and general living expenses.

    Cole claims that she received the $1.8 million for the first season, but the producers didn't pony up for the wardrobe/styling allowance, housing allowance (which, according to the suit, was $15,000 per month) or living allowance.

    She also didn't receive her guaranteed $2 million for the second season, the suit claims.

    Now Cole wants damages "in excess of $2.3 million," plus interest at the legal rate, and court costs.

    TheWrap was unable to reach Blue Orbit Productions for comment.

    (Pamela Chelin contributed to this report)

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