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]

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