Former "X Factor" U.S. judge Paula Abdul is suing tanning company UVASUN West, Inc. with claims that she suffered burns all over her body in 2012 after UVASUN West, Inc. applied the SlimStar infrared body wrap treatment on her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 9, 2014, and is seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit, Abdul claims that the wrap treatment was applied "negligently, carelessly and recklessly" and led her to suffer "severe and painful burns all over her body, with an especially severe second- or third-degree burn on a portion of the plaintiff's left thigh" which allegedly caused Abdul "great mental, physical and nervous strain, pain and suffering, and loss of earnings potential."
Abdul (who became famous in the '80s as a dancer, choreographer and singer) was a judge on "American Idol" from 2002 to 2009. She then was a judge and executive producer on the short-lived talent show "Live to Dance," which lasted for just one season on CBS in 2010. Abdul joined "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011 but was fired after the first season. Although Abdul said in interviews that she was in discussions with Fox to have her own show, nothing seems to have come out of those discussions. Since getting fired from "The X Factor," Abdul has made occasional appearances on TV, such as being a guest judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
In 2012, she signed a deal to be an spokesperson for Fembody Nutrition products.
Abdul is no stranger to personal-injury lawsuits. In 2012, she agreed to pay a $900,000 settlement for a lawsuit brought against her by a woman who claimed to have sustained injuries at Abdul's home, according to TMZ.
Jill Kohl sued Abdul in 2009, because Kohl said that she accidentally fell down on the driveway at the home that Abdul owned when Abdul was filming her reality show "Hey Paula." (The reality show, which was televised in the U.S. on Bravo in 2007, was a short-lived flop and cancelled after just one season.) Kohl alleged in her lawsuit that the driveway was "in a dangerous and defective condition."
Kohl's attorney Robert Rodriguez Clayton told TMZ that in addition to the $900,000 from Abdul, Kohl has agreed to a $100,000 settlement from the "Hey Paula" production company. Abdul was an executive producer of the show.
According to TV Guide, Abdul's "X Factor" salary in 2011 was $2.5 million. Abdul was fired in January 2012 (along with judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones) as part of a revamping for "The X Factor" U.S., which is televised in the U.S. on Fox.
"The X Factor" U.S. has since gone through several other judges. Antonio "L.A." Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have all left the show. It has not yet been announced if Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio (who both joined the show in 2013) will be staying or leaving, but all signs indicate that they will be leaving. And in a December 2013 conference call interview with journalists, "The X Factor" creator Simon Cowell hinted that he might be leaving the show's judging panel too if the show is renewed for a fourth season in 2014.
Fox should announce sometime in May 2014 if "The X Factor" is getting renewed or cancelled.