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Former 'Idol' Star Corey Clark

Suing MTV for Defamation

And He Wants $40 MILLION

7/7/2012 5:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark -- who is more famous for being kicked off the show than actually being on it -- is suing MTV for defamation after he claims one of their reporters repeatedly badmouthed him ... and he wants a whopping $40 MILLION for his troubles.

Hard to believe, but it's been over nine years since Clark was booted from "Idol" after making the top 10 ... because producers claimed he failed to disclose a recent arrest. Two years later ... Clark claimed to have had an affair with "Idol" judge Paula Abdul.

But Clark claims that when it came to reporting on him, MTV News (and one writer in specific) referred to him as a "degenerate," accused him of lying about the charges against him, and even urged readers to boycott his music. Mission accomplished on that one.

Clark says he was ridiculed by MTV for his relationship with Abdul, accusing him of making it up. He still maintains it happened.

Clark describes MTV's practices as "abusing the constitutional privledges of 'freedom of the press' ... with the intent to permanently impair his state property rights and decimate his mental well-being."

He is suing MTV, Viacom, and the writer in question, Jim Cantiello, and is asking for the aforementioned $40 mil.

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16.

South Beach    

OMG this azz clown again?

Speaking of "Whatever happened to that s***?", it's been very quiet from Spencer and Heidi. Remember them? I hope I haven't jinxed it.

839 days ago
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Sam Karr    

how do you defame someone who never had a career to begin with? No one knows who you are, dbag. Your 15 minutes were up almost a decade ago. Go whine to your drinking buddies, because a judge is gonna laugh so hard at your ass.

839 days ago
18.

stu    

what a loser! & i mean the lawyer.

839 days ago
19.

twinsies    

Sad thing is that MTV will probably settle out of court so he will walk away with something. Big companies always do whether the person deserves the money or not.

839 days ago
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jackmama311    

maybe the judge will let you go back to banging paula.

839 days ago
21.

Joao    

Back up buddy, did you ever think that when you divulged your alleged affair with Paula that you could damage her career? BTW, why did you do that, was it the follow though of an extortion attempt, bragging rights, why? That would qualify you as a douche bag Plus you did lie, by omission about the charges. That would make you a criminal, a liar and douche bag. I'd say those would be all the elements of a degenerate person. So before you and your idiotic attorney go any further, I'd recommend that both of you check out a dictionary before MTV makes mincemeat out of your disgusting ass. My question is why the hell did MTV even give that POS any bandwidth?

839 days ago
22.

Symian    

Isn't it way past any filing limitations? I mean, 9 years ago! Whatever they did or did not do can't be hurting his career NOW... because frankly, no one knows who is he anymore.

839 days ago
23.

deedle    

douche

839 days ago
24.

KicksandGiggles    

Its Paula fault for even puttin herself in the situation of even the appearance of nooky going on with this little azz pimple. Hopefully he will crawl back under the rock.

839 days ago
25.

AC22    

Hey christy my brother did have a reputation dumb ass! Thanks!

839 days ago
26.

Whizdom    

Mission Accomplished, you are now relevant again for the next 15 minutes.

839 days ago
27.

Smarg    

The knee grow must be needin' some cabbage to pay his baby mamas.

839 days ago
28.

tellmeaboutit     

Call up your girlfriend Paula Abdul, dude. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to hear from you. Cough.

839 days ago
29.

yep23    

This guy is a straight puss and his music was awful,but I have this nagging felling that he may have actually hit off Paula think about it she let arsenio hall smash.

839 days ago
30.

luxaveataoldotcom    

First of all everyone posting on this does not know Corey very well..He works his butt off as a single parent that the mom abondoned the child shortly after he was born..He works his butt off and even covers the bills for his family....None of you know what the lawsuit is about and only hearing what the reporters are posting and the truth is it goes into way more depth then you are reading.... I pray that none of you have to live what this man has had to live after being on a reality TV show....It's easy for you to post stupid crap but think for one second if it were you..... Didn't your mother ever tell you "If you don't have nothing nice to say then keep your mouth shut"? I guess not.... Please feel free to email me with any of your BS...You all act like you know him...you wanna believe in all the BS the press reports but guess what...He will win this case and when you find out the reason you will all know why and feel stupid.

838 days ago
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