Wednesday, May 04, 2005


The detail of the American Idol allegations has been fleshed out by ABC's Primetime Live, who've spoken to Corey Clark and heard his claims that Paula Abdul coached him. Mind you, we're not sure what she's meant to have coached him in:

In an interview airing on Wednesday on ABC's "Primetime Live," former "Idol" finalist Corey Clark said Abdul coached him privately and gave him money for expensive clothes before he was kicked off the show during its second season for concealing a prior arrest record.

The 24-year-old Kansas native told ABC News that Abdul even "got my haircut for me." "So she was like, 'You got to have better song choices, and I want to help you do that. I want to look after you like -- like I'm your mom,'" Clark quoted Abdul, 42, as telling him in excerpts of his interview released by ABC on Tuesday. "And then she was like, 'Well, more like your sister.' And I was like, 'OK, cool, cool, cool," Clark said. "And then she was like, 'Well, maybe more like your special friend.'"

According to ABC, Clark claimed Abdul initiated a relationship that began as platonic but turned sexual.

Thank God she revised herself down from being his sister. Of course, Clark was kicked off the show because he'd lied about his past to the producers, so might have a bit of an axe to grind.

The 2002 winner, a cartoon cat, is believed to be untouched by the rumours.

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