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American Idol season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has been sued by his former bandmates over royalties, Greensboro, N.C.’s News & Record reports.
Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry — who joined Daughtry in the band Absent Element prior to Idol, MyFox Memphis reports — filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Guilford County Superior Court claiming that Daughtry defrauded them out of royalties from four songs, including music and lyrics, that the group had written together.
The trio’s lawsuit cites “constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct” on the part of Daughtry.
Daughtry posted a brief statement on his official band website in response to the allegations on Friday: “I am very hurt by these false accusations. The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment.”
Daughtry was a fourth-place finisher during Idol’s 2006 season, which saw NBC Smash star Katharine McPhee face off with winner Taylor Hicks in the finale. His band Daughtry was formed that year.
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