|May 2nd, 2005
The hits just keep on coming for "American Idol" host Paula Abdul. More explosive allegations are coming out suggesting there's an audiotape that proves she had an inappropriate relationship with former contestant Corey Clark.
Clark was a contestant on the second season of "Idol" -- until he was kicked out because he didn't disclose criminal charges. He is currently alleging he had a sexual relationship with Abdul while still part of the program. Clark is reportedly shopping a tell-all book that's led to tabloid and TV reports about the scandal.
On Monday, the Drudge Report website carried the headline "Will Paula Be Bounced From Idol? Answering Machine Message to be Aired." According to the website, "Late night phone calls and answering machine messages are said to tie the 42-year-old Abdul to an inappropriate relationship with a 22-year-old contestant."
"CJ" has confirmed independently that at least one taped message from Paula to Corey does exist, but we don't know the content.
We spoke with Hollywood entertainment authority Marci Koch, who observed, "This could be very damaging to Paula."
Koch told us that what Paula says will be the key: "If it's just a simple hello or a message wishing him good luck, no big deal. On the other hand, [if it] shows special relationship or that she's going out of her way to help him advance on the show, Paula could face big trouble."
According to Drudge, Wednesday's edition of "Primetime Live" will play the audiotape.
Meanwhile, Clark's attorneys are responding to the controversy this way: "In order to save Ms. Abdul further humiliation we have advised her counsel to have a candid discussion with Ms. Abdul before making any further statements regarding Mr. Clark's veracity."
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