According to The Birmingham News, gospel star and American Idol champ Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in litigation against his former manager for misappropriating the singer's funds. Studdard received $500,000 for actual losses and $1,500,000 in punitive damages. The suit alleged that Ronald Edwards, ex-manager and longtime friend of Studdard, took money from the singer's checking and other bank accounts, and used his credit cards to repay debt and for personal purchases.
The former American Idol winner will be releasing his forthcoming project, "The Return of the Velvet Teddy Bear", on J Records later this year.
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