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Paulina Rubio sues Telemundo for firing her from 'La Voz Kids'

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Paulina Rubio is suing Telemundo in a breach-of-contract lawsuit that alleges that Telemundo backed out of a $1.3 million deal to renew her contract as a judge for the second season of "La Voz Kids" ("The Voice Kids"). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 13, 2014. The lawsuit claims that Telemundo unfairly decided to replace Rubio with a judge (Natalia Jiménez) who could be hired for a lower salary.

Roberto Tapia and Prince Royce will continue to be judges on "La Voz Kids" for the show's second season in 2014.

Telemundo, which is a subsidiary of NBC Universal, commented through a spokesperson to The Hollywood Reporter: "We have not seen any lawsuit by Ms. Rubio against Telemundo."

Rubio became a judge on Fox's "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013. Her work schedule for "The X Factor" appears to be a contentious issue in the lawsuit. Rubio's representatives claim that Telemundo is using Rubio's "X Factor" schedule as an excuse for why Rubio's "La Voz Kids" contract was not renewed, and her representatives claim that they had informed Telemundo that Rubio's "X Factor" schedule would not be in conflict with her duties on "La Voz Kids."

According to the lawsuit, Telemundo terminated negotiations in Dec. 23, 2013. On Dec. 24, 2013, Rubio's litigation attorney Howard King "demanded that Telemundo tender the $1.325 million payment. The response came 10 days later, when Telemundo denied there was any binding agreement," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rubio also may be out of a job on "The X Factor" U.S. if the show is renewed for a fourth season in 2014. In a December 2013 conference call with reporters, "X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell said he wants an all-new judging panel for the show if it is renewed in 2014.

Rubio has also received an avalanche of complaints from "X Factor" viewers who say they dislike Rubio on the show because they think she is a horrible judge who is ditsy, inarticulate and a bad decision maker.

Demi Lovato, who also got a lot of complaints from "X Factor" viewers, left the show at the end of its third season in December 2013 because Lovato says she wants to focus on her music career.

Kelly Rowland, who joined "The X Factor" U.S. judging panel in 2013, has told the media that she does not know yet if she is returning to the show but that she would if she is asked.

As for Cowell, various sources are saying that he is returning to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel to fill the spot vacated by Gary Barlow. If Fox renews "The X Factor" U.S. for a fourth season in 2014, Cowell hinted that his role on the show will be different.

Fox is expected to officially announce in May 2014 if "The X Factor" U.S. is getting renewed for a fourth season or not.

Rubio's lawsuit against Telemundo is one of several legal conflicts that she has been embroiled in the past year. In 2013, she was in a nasty custody battle with her estranged husband Nicolás "Colate" Vallejo-Nágera over their 3-year-old son, Andrea Nicolás. Rubio and Vallejo-Nágera have been accusing each other of being unfit parents.

In May 2013, paparazzi photographer Hector Vela filed a $75,000 lawsuit against Rubio, claiming that she assaulted him (by kicking him in the groin) and stole his camera after he asked to take her picture at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The lawsuit came less than a year after Rubio's former personal assistant Felipe Restrepo Betancur filed a lawsuit in 2012, alleging she punched, kicked and slapped him because he booked her an airplane flight in coach class instead of first class.

In addition, Gossip Extra reported that Rubio was facing foreclosure for unpaid fees for her Miami condo. As of October 2013, Rubio owed more than $30,000 in fees, interest and penalties on the condo, according to legal paperwork filed by the condo's homeowner board.