Paula Abdul Blames ‘American Idol’ For Stalker’s Suicide

During an interview with Barbara Walters on the longtime journalist’s Sirus XM radio show, Paula Abdul claims that it was American Idol producers who pushed to have Paula Goodspeed on the show.

Abdul said that she immediately recognized Paula as her stalker, who had been writing “disturbing letters for 17 years, almost 18 years.” The Idol judge protested vehemently against allowing the potential contestant against whom Abdul had multiple restraining orders, to audition for the show. However, the “entertainment value” proved to be too good for producers to pass up.

After her unsuccessful audition, Goodspeed began sending Abdul letters that threatened bodily harm and included nude pictures of herself. It was when Goodspeed followed Abdul home after Idol auditions that she was able to ascertain Abdul’s home address, where she ultimately took her own life.


During an interview with Barbara Walters on the longtime journalist’s Sirus XM radio show, Paula Abdul claims that it was American Idol producers who pushed to have Paula Goodspeed on the show.Abdul
said that she immediately recognized Paula as her stalker, who had been
writing “disturbing letters for 17 years, almost 18 years.” The Idol
judge protested vehemently against allowing the potential contestant
against whom Abdul had multiple restraining orders, to audition for the
show. However, the “entertainment value” proved to be too good for
producers to pass up.After her unsuccessful audition, Goodspeed
began sending Abdul letters that threatened bodily harm and included
nude pictures of herself. It was when Goodspeed followed Abdul home
after Idol auditions that she was able to ascertain Abdul’s home
address, where she ultimately took her own life.