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Cheryl Cole Sues Over 'X Factor'

You Owe Me $2.3 Mil ...

Even Though You Fired Me!

12/7/2012 5:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cheryl Cole says she signed a VERY lucrative deal to be a judge on "X Factor" back in 2011 ... and even though producers fired her ass before Season 1 ever got off the ground, she wants her money ... more than $2 MILLION ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Cole -- a British pop star -- says she signed a "Pay or Play" contract with Blue Orbit Productions that guaranteed her $1.8 million for Season 1 ... and $2 million for Season 2 ... even if she never appeared on the show.

Cole says producers also agreed to pay her a $100k wardrobe allowance for each season, $25k for a stylist, $15k-per-month for lodging in L.A. and $2,500 per month for general living expenses.

As TMZ previously reported, Cole got the chop before Season 1 aired ... because producers believed the American audience wouldn't understand her super-Britishy accent. She was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger ... who was also fired and replaced by Britney Spears.

According to the lawsuit, Cole says producers did pay her the $1.8 mil for Season 1 ... but stiffed her on the $2 mil for season 2, as well as all of the bonus money for expenses.

Cole is demanding more than $2.3 million in damages.

Calls to Blue Orbit have not been returned.

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1.

Jordan    

Simon you have to pay to play, not only nobody remembers her nobody remembers who won your stupid show last year.

655 days ago
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jay26mc    

She's hot. That is all.

655 days ago
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Truth    

BITCH IS GETTING DESPERATE... HER LOUSY LIP SYNCING MUSIK CAREER ACROSS THE POND IS ALREADY OVER. NOW SHE'S DIGGING FOR SCRAPS. HERE'S A CLUE.. SELL OFF ALL YOUR UNNECESSARY LEASED AND MORTGAGED ASSETS WHICH IS LIKE 90% OF YOUR FREAKIN BANK STATEMENT. #TRUTH!!

655 days ago
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scoopie    

So instead, they opt for one of our favorite non-celebrities, Khloe?

655 days ago
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Phreaky    

Poor Cheryl. Trying to sue the U.S. for her dignity back. She so desperately wants to be famous in the U.S. and it's just not going to happen. Sorry.

655 days ago
6.

latestdiets.net    

she just needs to eat her fish and chips and be happy. maybe do a duets album with octomom.

655 days ago
7.

OH NO!    

So instead of this hot piece of ass, we get Khloe?

655 days ago
8.

Amy    

I hope she loses. No one is worth that for judging a tv show. No one!!!!!

655 days ago
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cherries    

chump change for simon, he loves to exploit these bimbo pop stars with mental issues

655 days ago
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탑 TOP    

her name isn't cole

655 days ago
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Flo    

if was stupid for them to even offer her a job in the U.S. No one knows who she is in the States. Why would they think we would even care for this person? Simon was a dumb sh*t about it and they should pay her lots of money for being complete morons.

655 days ago
12.

Bob    

So X Factor went from this vapid talentless twit to Nicole ****zburger? Wow, Simon really has an eye for talent.

655 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

Whahhhh? Simon Cowell, who loves her SOOOOO much and hired her isn't paying up? He needs to pay her since he hauled her ass over and then fired her for no good reason. She deserves the dough.

655 days ago
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SuperSonic    

If she had been the one to break her side of the contract, Simon would sue her. A deal's a deal. Pay up!

655 days ago
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GeordieKin    

Her accent isn't "super britishy" it is a dialect called "Geordie" which originates from the NE of England and is much harder to understand as the dialect has a language all it's own mixed in with the "british" accent. You'd think Simon would know this the moment she opened her mouth.

655 days ago
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