Cheryl Cole's former minder on the X Factor USA has claimed that the singer still owes him £70,000 for guarding her during her brief stint on the show as a judge.
According to The Sun, American Craig Balkam protected the singer during her three-month stint in the States, but said: “I haven’t been paid a cent.”
The 6ft 3in bodyguard spoke out after it was revealed Cheryl, 29, is suing X Factor bosses for £1.4 million following her June sacking from the show.
Her claim includes “reimbursement” for the cost of her personal security. But Craig, 43, told a friend: “She’s got a lot of nerve — she’s ignored all my requests for payment. She has around £30 million in the bank and could pay me tomorrow with a click of her fingers, but is refusing to.”
He has now seen a lawyer about suing the singer, who hired him herself.
His pal said: “Craig would have taken a bullet for that girl. He can’t believe what’s happened.”
The newspaper also states that a spokesman for Cheryl declined to comment.
Appearing on the Graham Norton Show with her Girls Aloud bandmates, shown on Friday (December 14), Cheryl was seen getting asked by the host whether the rumours about her returning to the show next year are true.
Despite dismissing the reports more than once in various interviews in the past, Cheryl was seen telling Graham: "It’s a definite, ‘no’."
Aw! Would you have liked to have seen Chezza back on the X Factor?