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Chris Daughtry appears in an undated photo from his official website for the band Daughtry. - Provided courtesy of daughtryofficial.com

Chris Daughtry sued by three former bandmates

04/08/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Chris Daughtry is being sued by three of his former bandmates who claim the former "American Idol" contestant defrauded them out of proceeds from four songs.

The bandmembers say the songs included music and lyrics they wrote together with Daughtry, according to a report by Greensboro, North Carolina's News & Records. Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry filed the suit on April 5, in Guilford County Superior Court. The musicians were apart of the band Absent Element, which also included Daughtry before he competed in "American Idol."

In the lawsuit, Daughtry is accused of "constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices, and other deceptive and wrongful conduct."

The singer, who appeared on "American Idol" in 2006 alongside "Smash" actress Katherine McPhee, wrote a brief statement about the lawsuit on his official website. "I am very hurt by these false accusations," Daughtry said in his statement. "The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment."

Daughtry placed fourth on the fifth season of "American Idol," but went on to become one of its biggest success stories with recorded hits with his band Daughtry such as "Home," "It's Not Over" and "No Surprise." The Daughtry band's last record was "Break The Spell" in 2011.

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