Livid Cole Has Stepped Up Compensation Bid

Cheryl Cole has refused to settle with producers of The X Factor USA and is demanding increased compensation after her embarrassing departure from the show.

Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell have had a frosty relationship over The X Factor USA and the singer is continuing to seek payment for her humiliating dismissal from the show. Cole has also requested compensation for the fees of the second season of the show and her expenses, which the Daily Mirror reported back in March. Simon Cowell is being sued by Cheryl Cole

Cole is still seeking revenge and is engaged in an ongoing legal dispute with the media mogul. She has recently requested that her lawyers question Cowell about her pay during her short time on The X Factor USA.

The former Girls Aloud singer has refused to settle with producers Blue Orbit and has insisted that her lawyers must investigate the differences in salary between herself and other judges on The X Factor USA, which include Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul.

It is understood that a Los Angeles judge has approved of Cole's request to see the other panelists' contracts. What does Cole plan on doing? Calling on Cowell as the key witness, that's what!

If you were hoping that The X Factor USA wages would be made public, then you will be disappointed, as the material is believed to be commercially sensitive and subject to confidentiality agreements.

Judge Abraham Klein ruled that all contract details must remain a secret, including the details of Cole's contract and her payout details, if she wins the case.

A source told the Daily Mirror that, "This paperwork is a clear sign that Cheryl wants her day in court. She is pushing for full fees… $3.3 million legal fees and a bonus, which could total over $5 million, Cheryl will learn what Simon earned and her co-stars, too."

"Those papers could be the smoking gun if she can show others have been treated differently to her. The confidentially of discovery order means much of his ­testimony is unlikely to become public. Had it not been signed, the trial would have been the most explosive reality show trial."

"Every aspect from pay, expenses, contracts and personal ­requirements of the stars will be released."

Cole admits that she was paid her full wage despite only making a brief appearance on The X Factor USA, although she wants even more money for a second series, which she never appeared for.

Blue Orbit insists the singer was treated fairly. Cole must feel very strongly about this case, as the singer will have to pay $1.5 million in legal fees for her lawyers, plus the added costs for Blue Orbit if she loses.

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