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Judge Refuse LeAnn Rimes

March 17, 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ LeAnn Rimes was singing the blues after a judge refused to let her out of a recording contract approved at the request of her and her parents when she was 12 years old.

``I hate you,″ the singer said to her father, Wilbur Rimes, after the ruling Friday.

Rimes is suing her father in their home state of Texas over another issue, alleging he and a former co-manager have cheated her of $7 million in earnings.

The singer’s lawyers last month asked the judge, Davidson County Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease, to set aside a contract order he signed in 1995 allowing Rimes to sign a long-term contract with Nashville-based Curb Records.

Rimes, who now lives in Los Angeles, issued a statement last month apologizing to fans for her latest album, saying it was produced by Curb without her ``creative input.″

Wilbur Rimes said later Friday that he was ``very hurt, but confused″ by his daughter’s remark ``because I had nothing to do with the proceeding.″

LeAnn Rimes became a star in 1996 at age 13 with the hit ``Blue.″

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