8 December 2012 9:19 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Remember Cheryl "Chezza" Cole? No? Well, that's maybe not too surprising. The British singer and erstwhile Simon Cowell protégé signed on as one of the U.S. X Factor's judges last year after a surprisingly successful run on the British version of the show. However, she only survived a few weeks of pre-taped auditions before bad outfits and an incomprehensible Geordie accent saw her cut loose.  Though some British tabloids reported last week that Cole and Cowell held a meeting to "bury the hatchet" and talk over some new projects, it seems that their chat actually did not go that well: Chezza filed a $2.3 million lawsuit against X Factor's production company, Blue Orbit, yesterday. The suit claims her "pay-or-play contract" covered two seasons, which means she's owed the $2 million she'd have banked for judging season two. Cole also asks for miscellaneous expenses promised — for her wardrobe, L.A. »

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