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August 8, 2006

Clay Sued by Unauthorized Biographer

Filed under: Clay Aiken,Drama, Drama, Drama,Ruben Studdard — by celebreporter @ 1:44 pm

Clay Aiken is finding that fame comes with a thousand different downsides.

The American Idol runner-up has been sued by the author of an “unauthorized tribute” titled Out of the Blue–“Clay” It Forward, who accuses him of defaming her and conspiring to hurt her book sales.

According to her court documents, Jeannie Holleman was a neighbor and lifelong friend of the McGhee family–Raleigh, North Carolina, residents who took in Aiken and his mother, Faye Parker, after Parker left her abusive husband, bringing her young son with her.

The book combines stories from the McGhee family about their experiences with Aiken, her own recollections of the Measure of a Man singer and tales from his fans. A description of the tome on authorhouse.com calls it “a long love letter to a sweet hometown boy.”

At a whopping 564 pages, it’s a long letter indeed, but it seems Holleman’s feelings of love for Aiken have since faded.

In her lawsuit, filed Friday in Wake County Superior Court, Holleman claims Aiken and his mother defamed her and depressed her book sales by denying that they were acquainted with her, branding her stories as lies and bashing her work on fan Websites.

She also claims that she was manhandled by one of Aiken’s bodyguards at a fundraiser in Hawaii.

Holleman is seeking at least $260,000 in damages and wants the court to force Aiken to retract critical comments he made about the book or to endorse it on his official Website. In addition, she wants the singer to write a positive introduction to the book and sell it at his concerts for the next five years.

Aiken responded Monday, stating through his record label that he had “instructed my attorneys to not only vigorously dispute the claims that have been made but to also pursue all possible remedies against those involved in the perpetration of these untruths.”

The 27-year-old singer added that he was speaking up on behalf of those close to him.

“As a so-called ‘celebrity’ I have become used to scurrilous allegations and untruths being made about me and my work,” he said. “I have always taken the path of not reacting to these matters and have accepted them as, somehow, coming with the ‘job.’ However, I cannot, and will not, stand by when these attacks are made on my family.”

In brighter news from Claynation, Aiken’s third album, A Thousand Different Ways, is due for release Sept. 19–one week before his Idol competitor Ruben Studdard releases his third album, The Return.

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