Ruben Studdard wins $2 million in lawsuit against his former manager

American Idol 2 winner was awarded $2 million by a judge, ending Ruben’s lawsuit against his manager.

The judge “awarded Studdard $500,000 for his actual losses and another $1.5 million in punitive damages,” ruling that Ruben’s manager “took money from Studdard’s checking and other bank accounts, improperly used his credit cards and even used Studdard’s money to repay a $10,000 loan to a Tuscaloosa bank,” according to the AP.

Ruben “has sold more than $2.2 million in albums, but the damage to his credit because of the fraud made it hard to obtain financing to buy a home,” the AP reports.

American Idol singer Ruben Studdard awarded $2 million in suit [AP]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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