Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ex-Idol Reuben Studdard "popular" with IRS

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is facing tax liens from the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Alabama for failing to pay more than $193,000 in back taxes.

The singer, nicknamed the "Velvet Teddy Bear," owes $171,920 to the IRS and $21,731 to the Alabama Department of Revenue. The tax liens could endanger the opening of a nightclub named after him that is set to debut next summer in Birmingham.