Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is suing The X Factor USA bosses for more than £1.4 million.
The news follows a surprise meeting with X Factor boss Simon Cowell, with reports suggesting Cheryl was being lined up to return to the UK show in the new year.
“He knows what a draw Cheryl is to viewers- he thinks they would be back in their droves – so he is lining up an audacious offer. He’s basically said: ‘name your price’,” a source revealed last week.
The Girls Aloud star has since been very vocal about her “frenemies” relationship with Simon, but has never completely ruled out a return.
The source added: “He knows Cheryl won’t be cheap but more importantly he needs to offer her the right role – she has resisted going back before.
“He doesn’t expect it to be easy, but Simon likes a challenge.”
But that now looks unlikely with this new lawsuit.
Cheryl was axed after just four audition shows of the US series, but claims in the lawsuit that bosses owe her more than £1.4 million in unpaid earnings.
The 29-year-old has apparently signed a contract for a second series, as well as living allowances for moving to the states and a generous £62,000 budget for clothes every series.
It's understood that Cheryl has already been paid £1.1 million after she was originally axed from the show last year.
Nicole Scherzinger eventually replaced Cheryl on the show, before she too was axed from the series and joined our UK panel.