Cheryl Cole Settles Legal Dispute With 'X Factor (US)' Producers

Cheryl Cole

The Girls Aloud member wins hefty payout from Blue Orbit Productions after she's fired from the show in 2011.

Cheryl Cole has settled a legal dispute with "The X Factor (US)" producers Blue Orbit Productions out of court. The actress, who sued the producers following her firing in 2011, reportedly gets a huge payout of £1.4 million.

"Cheryl's dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably," a spokesman for the singer/songwriter/dancer tells BBC. Details of the settlement, including the actual amount that the producers will pay her, are not disclosed.

Earlier this year, Cole sued Blue Orbit for $2.3 million for loss of earnings. She signed up for two seasons of the U.S. edition of the Simon Cowell-created reality show, but she was fired after appearing in one episode as producers were worried that audience wouldn't understand her thick Newcastle accent.

She had been paid $1.8 million for season 1 and demanded the $2 million that she had been promised for season 2. She also said that she was not paid expenses for her wardrobe allowance, her stylist, living arrangements in Los Angeles and a monthly living allowance.

Despite the legal dispute which was still ongoing at the time, Cowell said earlier November that he and the Girls Aloud member had "patched up our differences a long time ago. I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other."

He added that they might work together again, gushing, "She was a great judge. I mean, apart from being cute she's a great judge and she knows what she's talking about and, oh my God, she wears her heart on her sleeve!"


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