Cheryl Cole, a singer who was briefly a judge on the U.S. version of "The X Factor" last year before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, has sued Blue Orbit Productions, the company that produces the show, for $2.3 million.
Cole's lawsuit states that the singer had a "pay or play" clause in her contract for two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cole was paid $1.8 million for the first season but not paid the additional $2 million for the second season.
She was also not paid money that was promised for her expenses like a one-time $100,000 wardrobe allowance, $25,000 one-time payment for her stylist and a $15,000 per month payment for a hotel or apartment in Los Angeles, the industry site reports.
The singer filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The singer's suit also claims the contract called for the show's production company to reimburse Cole for the cost of her first-class flights between London and Los Angeles and as the cost of her personal security.
Cole was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger on "The X Factor" after she had already served as a judge for several U.S. auditions. No reason was provided for Cole's departure from the series but it was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Cole "lacked chemistry with the other judges, particularly Paula Abdul." The article also quoted a source as saying: "There was no spark. It was nobody's fault. It just didn't work."
Another reason has been cited for Cole's departure - a fear that audiences may not be able to understand her northeastern English accent. This has never been confirmed.
Cole, a 29-year-old British pop singer who rose to fame as a member of the group Girls Aloud, sat alongside Cowell on the judging panel of the UK version of "The X Factor" for three years.