August 25, 2011 2:22am PT by Matthew Belloni
War of the Simons: Fuller Lawyer Says Cowell 'Does Not Understand' 'X Factor' Lawsuit
American Idol creator Simon Fuller's attorney is responding to criticism by Simon Cowell of Fuller's lawsuit over the U.S. version of The X Factor.
In an interview with THR published on Wednesday, Cowell, who appeared as a judge on Idol for nine seasons before quitting to launch X Factor in the U.S, said Fuller has no right to demand an executive producer credit and fee on the Cowell-produced singing competition, set to launch in September.
“It’s like me saying I want to be executive producer on The Voice or Project Runway,” Cowell said.
But Dale Kinsella, Fuller's lead lawyer in the multi-million dollar lawsuit against Fox and producer Fremantle, believes Cowell should keep his legal opinions to himself.
“Mr. Cowell would be better served reading scripts than legal pleadings and documents he clearly does not understand,” Kinsella tells us.
Of course, the feud between the two Simons goes back years. Fuller sued Cowell shortly after X Factor first appeared on British television in 2004, leading to the settlement that Fuller now claims granted him the right to a rich fee and credit on the U.S. X Factor.