Chris Daughtry Sued Over Unpaid Royalties By Former Bandmates

, best known for his band Daughtry which released the fastest selling debut rock album in history, is being sued by three former bandmates over proceeds from four songs that were written as a collaborative effort by the band prior to Chris hitting it big back in 2006 on American Idol.

Daughtry’s success came after his May, 10, 2006 elimination from the hit television show American Idol as RCA Records signed the musician shortly after. His success comes third in regards to record sales by other American Idol contestants, of which Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the only two ahead.

Mark Perry (guitarist), Ryan Andrews (bassist), and Scott Crawford (drummer) filed the suit Thursday against Chris Daughtry in his home state of North Carolina in Guilford County. The four musicians were all part of a band by the name of Absent Element prior to Daughtry’s overwhelming success as a rock musician. The three former band members are suing Daughtry over what E! Online quoted as:

“Constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices, and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.”

Chris apparently took the allegations to heart as he released a statement on his website which read:

“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.”

The singer is currently on tour after releasing his third album, Break the Spell, which went gold in less than 30 days.

What do you think of Chris Daughtry being sued by his former bandmates from Absent Element?