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September 20, 2014

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Fantasia: 'American Idol' Winner Embroiled in Sex Tape Scandal With Married Man

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'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino is not only being considered a husband-stealing home wrecker; she's also allegedly the star of a sex tape.

According to published reports, Paula Cook, of North Carolina, is alleging that the J Records singer engaged in an affair with her husband, Antwaun Cook, and says in court documents that the pair "recorded" their sexual encounters.

The couple separated in June and the estranged wife is seeking child custody, alimony and other monetary support, according to court documents filed Aug. 4 in Mecklenburg County District Court in the Charlotte area.

The documents allege that Cook began the affair with Barrino, 26, in August 2009 after the pair met at a T-Mobile store where he is employed.

After winning the 2004 'American Idol' title, Barrino wrote a memoir, starred in a Lifetime movie based on the book, released two albums and starred in the Broadway production of 'The Color Purple.'

Paula Cook alleges that the singer treated her husband to a lavish lifestyle over the course of their affair, flying him to hot spots such as Atlanta, Miami, New York Los Angeles and Barbados.

And their escapades have been well documented; the pair reportedly "have at times recorded their illicit sexual activity," the documents allege.

Also in the legal documents:

A month after Paula Cook separated from her husband, Barrino is alleged to have interrupted a phone conversation between the estranged couple, telling Cook, "He don't want you. Maybe the next time you get a husband, you'll know how to keep him. That's why he is here with me."

She has appeared publicly with a tattoo on her left shoulder inscribed "Cook," an apparent tribute to the hunky father of two. He is said to have a similar tattoo in the same place on his shoulder.

BlackVoices reached out to Barrino's record label rep – the only legitimate spokesperson for the singer. Her response: "No comment on her personal life. New album, 'Back to Me' out 8/24."

This afternoon, her road manager/fashion stylist Brian Dickens released a statement saying "that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cook's marriage."

"Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia's faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever."

The new season of her reality show, 'Fantasia For Real,' debuts Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. on VH1.

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