Carmen Rasmusen, who was on the second season of ‘American Idol’ along with Corey Clark, whose allegations of backstage wrongdoing and of an affair with Abdul have rocked the show, tells The New York Daily News she doesn’t believe the chatter. “I just do not see Paula Abdul as a person who would try to sabotage ‘American Idol,'” Rasmusen said of talk that Abdul coaches her favorite contestants. “I do not see Paula doing something that stupid that would hurt her image and hurt the show as well.”
Abdul Recorded Giving ‘Idol’ Contestant Special Treatment
May 2, 2005 – More details on ABC News’ upcoming expose on ‘American Idol’ are appearing in the Drudge Report. The report claims ‘Idol’ judge Paula Abdul personally “coached” a favorite contestant and then tried to cover up the breach and evidence was caught on an answering machine message. “I am quite surprised and disappointed ABC is devoting an hour of its prime time programming to air tabloid trash,” a Fox executive fumed.
Paula Abdul Targeted By ABC Investigation
April 29, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “ABC is going to do an expose where they say ‘American Idol’ is fixed. Ooh. There are rumors that Paula Abdul might have had inappropriate contact with one of the contestants. Lawyers say if these allegations are true people will go to jail. This is great. Is this really the Abdul we need to capture right now? Aren’t there other Abduls out there that are more dangerous than this one?”
Paula Abdul Opens Up To ‘ET’
April 27, 2005 – Paula Abdul spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ about why she disappeared for several years before returning to the scene on ‘American Idol’. Abdul denied substance abuse and an eating disorder, and said she went over a year without an audible voice due to vocal chord injuries.