|Apr 15th, 2005
Though she's known as "American Idol's" "nice" judge, offering the contestants words of praise, Paula Abdul has nothing good to say about a swanky Los Angeles nail salon she claims caused her excruciating pain and mental anguish.
But we've learned Paula may have a hard time proving it in a court of law -- because she's apparently having a little trouble finding a lawyer.
"CJ" broke the news last year about Paula's broken thumbnail. She claims it happened after going for a manicure at the Chinoiserie salon. At the time, Paula could be seen sporting a white bandage on her right thumb.
"The truth is I've had manicures forever," Paula told us at the time. "I've never run into a problem like this. It's so frustrating."
Paula underwent surgery at LA's Cedars Sinai hospital to have the thumbnail removed. And we're told she's been complaining of pain ever since.
Now a lawsuit seemed likely, despite the salon's denials that it caused Paula's problem.
But Paula's gripe against the salon may not go anywhere. We're told one high profile lawyer has already rejected the case. The buzz in legal circles is that Paula is making this a far bigger deal than what it really is.
That should be no surprise to salon owner Tammy Lee, who told us in the past that the manicurist who worked on Paula warned Abdul her about her thumb.
"When she came in, her nail already sick," Lee told us
Last month, Paula was caught up on the other side of a legal complaint. The singer with the epic '80's hit, "Straight Up" (which included the lyrics "when I'm caught in a hit and run") was involved in a real life hit and run. Abdul pleaded no contest to charges that she clipped another car while changing lanes on a busy LA freeway. Paula had to pay nearly $800 in restitution, plus a $300 fine.
The question remains whether Paula will have any success when it comes to trying to nail the nail salon.
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