Before rocketing to fame on season five of American Idol, Chris Daughtry was a member of the four-man band Absent Element. Now, he’s in a legal battle with the other three members of the defunct group.
Daughtry’s ex-bandmates claim that the rocker — famous for his powerful vocals and the stunned expression on his face after being eliminated from American Idol — owes them royalties from four songs they allegedly wrote together.
E! News reports that Absent Element alum Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford and Mark Perry have accused Daughtry of “constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices, and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.”
The suit was filed on April 5 in Daughtry’s home state of North Carolina.
In an official statement on his website, Daughtry denied any wrongdoing and expressed his feelings on the matter. “I am very hurt by these false accusations. The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment,” Daughtry wrote.
Daughtry, who now leads his self-titled band, is currently on tour and recently released his third album, Break the Spell. The album was certified gold a month after its debut.