Clay Aiken came from humble beginnings before claiming the national spotlight on American Idol. Although he didn’t win the proverbial contest, it’s as if he did (sorry Ruben). Adapting to life as a mega star can’t be easy for the Raleigh, North Carolina native: first goes your privacy, your sexuality is questioned, then people you may or may not know sue you. Jeanie Holleman, the 50-year-old author of the 2005 book, Out of the Blue-‘Clay’ it Forward, is ruthlessly eyeing the spiky haired singer's piggy bank.

According to Yahoo, the writer believes the singer’s family has maliciously attempted to stunt sales of her book. Holleman claims to have been good friends with Clay’s mother who, at one point, invited her and her son to stay with the family when she left her abusive husband. Holleman also claims in her lawsuit that a bodyguard for Clay roughed her up at a fundraiser in Hawaii. RCA issued a statement by Aiken that he had "instructed my attorneys to not only vigorously dispute the claims that have been made but to also pursue all possible remedies against those involved in the perpetration of these untruths."

Holleman believes this can all simply be settled with a minimum of $260,000 paid to her. She is requesting that Aiken retract all comments condemning the book from his website, that he write a positive introduction for the book, and hawk the thing at every performance of his for the next five years. Sounds easy enough; now if more people just adhered to every demand by people suing them, we would have less lawsuits.

Update: (from my source, yahoo): The wording of an Aug. 7 Associated Press story about author Jeannie Holleman's lawsuit against former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken left unclear whether Holleman might have lived with Aiken and his mother. She did not. Holleman said she was a friend and neighbor of a Raleigh family that took in Aiken's mother, Faye Parker, and her young son when Parker left her abusive husband.

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