“The Bachelor” star Bob Guiney — who is being sued by the producers of the hit ABC series, claiming he breached his contract by selling his CD and promoting it in a music video — is willing and happy to comply with the agreement, his lawyer tells PEOPLE.
But Guiney, 32, believes the agreement only applies to other television shows and has nothing to do with music, says attorney Martin Singer.
“We think this is one of the most outrageous things that anyone would try to do to try to prevent someone from earning a livelihood as a recording artist,” Singer tells PEOPLE.
According to legal papers obtained by PEOPLE, “Bachelor” producer And Syndicated Productions charges that Guiney and his record company, Wind-up Records, have brought “damage (to) the series’ valuable brand name and good will by engaging in unauthorized and widespread media promotion” of his new CD, ‘3 Sides.'”
But, says Singer, “When Telepictures and its affiliate ASP requested Bob to sign some 17-page document … (Guiney) was also told that if he didn’t sign the document they would pick another ‘Bachelor,’ and legally the contract is a unreasonable restraint of trade.”
Stars of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” sign contracts with exclusivity clauses that prohibit promoting any other products without permission, according to ASP’s complaint, which also mentions that Guiney sought and was denied permission to promote the CD.
But Singer says “they had no objection to him doing the album” and claims at one point the producers even promoted Guiney’s recording career on its Website.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks that Guiney be stopped “from participating in any further media appearances, commercials or advertisements not expressly authorized by ASP.”