ABC News reports Paula helped Corey pick songs, find a hair stylist, get meds.

ABC News reports Paula helped Corey pick songs, find a hair stylist, get meds.
In advance of its special tomorrow night, ABC News is revealing details of American Idol 2 semi-finalist Corey Clark’s relationship with Paula Abdul. ABC News says Corey “had an off camera relationship with Abdul, then 40, which was at first platonic but later became sexual.” Corey says Paula told him, “I want to look out after you like I’m your mom,” but later modified that and said, “Well, maybe more like your special friend.” Paula allegedly “provided him with off-camera tips and assistance while he was a contestant, even helping him select some of the songs he would sing”; she also “helped him with his look–even choosing a hair stylist–and gave him prescription cough syrup, with a prescription made out in her name, to soothe his throat.”

Why is he talking now? Corey says, “I need to set the record straight for myself. Unfortunately, I need to set the record straight for her too, because she was a part of it. This is me telling the truth. It just so happens to be a very explosive truth.” The show released a statement that says, in part, “We will, of course, look into any evidence of improper conduct that we receive. In the meantime, we recommend that the public carefully examine Mr. Clark’s motives, given his apparent desire to exploit his prior involvement with ‘American Idol’ for profit and publicity.”

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