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Daughtry sued by former bandmates for fraud

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"American Idol" season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has been sued by his former bandmates over royalties, Greensboro, N.C.'s News & Records reports.

Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry -- who joined Daughtry in the band Absent Element prior to "Idol," MyFox Memphis reports -- filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Guilford County Superior County claiming that Daughtry defrauded them out of royalties from four songs, including music and lyrics, that the group had written together.

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The trio's lawsuit cites "constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct" on the part of Daughtry.

Daughtry posted a brief statement on his official band website in response to the allegations on Friday: “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 was a fourth place finisher during "Idol's" 2006 season which saw NBC "Smash" star Katharine McPhee face off with winner Taylor Hicks in the finale. His band Daughtry was formed that year.

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