Under Age Idols Get 19Entertainment a Fine

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FROM THE NY DAILY NEWS

“American Idols Live Tour ’07” broke child labor laws just the same, the state Labor Department said.

The company, 19 Touring LLC, which runs the national “Idols” live tour, failed to get the proper permits to hire and feature “Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and tousled crooner Sanjaya Malakar, the department told the Daily News yesterday.

Under the settlement – the first under the New York State Child Performer Labor Law – the company agreed to pay $5,000 in fines after being confronted with 16 violations.

The “American Idols Live” tour hit the stage in New York on five dates: Aug. 23 in Rochester; Aug. 24 and 25 at the Nassau Coliseum; Aug. 30 in Albany, and Sept. 2 in Syracuse.

Sparks, who performed songs such as “I (Who Have Nothing)” and “She Works Hard for the Money” on the TV show, is 17. Fan sensation Malakar, known for his rendition of “You Really Got Me,” turned 18 on Sept. 10 but was 17 during the New York tour dates.

“This settlement should serve as a strong reminder that the Labor Department is aggressively enforcing the state’s labor laws that protect all workers, especially children,” Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith said in a statement.

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