He later became known for claiming to have had an affair with then- contestants who filed a petition at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requesting permission to sue the program's producers for racial discrimination, allegedly emanating from the mistreatment of black contestants by asking about arrest history.
According to the would-be plaintiffs, this violates California employment law. Entertainment and two powerhouse law firms -- Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Morrison & Foerster -- for allegedly defaming him in comments made about his exit from the show as well as the alleged affair with Abdul.
Clarke reportedly is claiming that he had sex with Abdul in the guest room of her house, that she paid some of his expenses and promised to fund his career to the tune of million, and that she made him vow to keep their relationship a secret.
The allegations are reportedly from a book proposal that Clark has been shopping to publishers.
He says that as a result, 's in-house lawyer threatened to sue him for million for breaching the confidentiality portion of his agreement.
Nevertheless, Clark decided to give an interview to ABC News, and the network aired a one-hour special despite allegedly hearing from Abdul's lawyer Marty Singer, who threatened to sue.
There are only of few artists who have been equally recognized, awarded and celebrated "in front of the camera" as well as "behind the camera" and surely Paula Abdul is worthy to be placed among them.
It was during this time that she joined an audition held by the Los Angeles Lakers NBA Cheerleading team.PHOTOS: ' American Idol' Season 12: Will It Work?At the time, Clark says that a book proposal began circulating about the affair.Cowell, who now serves as a judge alongside Abdul on Fox's "The X Factor," says the two at first couldn't stand each other and would fly on separate planes, but he later "considered" engaging in a relationship with her.Asked whether Abdul wanted a relationship with Cowell, he replied: "A million percent." "I considered it, but then I thought, ' I don't think the after would be as good as the before,'" he said.