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Fantasia Barrino accused of adultery, sex tape in N.C. divorce filing [poll] [Updated]

Fantasia-barrino Fantasia Barrino, the third "American Idol," has been accused of having an affair with a married man, CNN reported, with recordings made of their, ahem, "activity" -- and of doing it in a state where a tape of that kind of "activity" could come back to bite her in a court of law.

In a North Carolina divorce filing, Paula Cook alleges that the singer took up with her husband, Antwuan Cook, after the two met in August 2009 at the cellphone store where he worked. According to the documents, Fantasia took Antwuan to Atlanta, Miami, New York, L.A. and Barbados over the course of the alleged affair.

[Updated at 2:06 p.m.: Barrino is "certain that she is not responsible" for the failure of the Cooks' marriage, her manager said in a statement. He said, in part, that "Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified," TMZ reported.]

North Carolina's not a great state for this sort of thing either. Adultery there is a still a crime -- for real. "You can sue that third party," says a law expert quoted by Bossip. "Most of the cases involve sex, it doesn’t have to be sex, it can be something much lower."

Rumors of an affair were floating around gossip circles in November 2009; according to TMZ, Barrino has denied it all. Divorce papers were filed Wednesday.

So, is it ever worth the risk to make a sex tape? Let us know in the nonscientific poll after the jump -- and feel free to explain, tastefully, in comments.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Fantasia Barrino on Dec. 11, 2009, in downtown L.A. at a rehearsal for a BET gospel music event. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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I DONT EVEN THANK IT WAS ON A MAJIOR NOTE I THINK THAT THEY JUST WHERE FREINDS PEOPLE ARE ALLWAYS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GET MONEY AND STAY UP IN OTHER FOLKS STUFF. TO THE WIFEY OF THIS MAN. IF YOU THOUGH IT WAS THAT BAD YOU SHOULD HAVE SAT DOWN AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT IT AND SEE IF YALL COULD WORK THINGS OUT BUT UM IF U HAD HIM LYKE THAT THEN HE SHOULD HAVE NOT DID WUT HE DID THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU PEOPLE THAT THEY REALTIONSHIP AT HOME MAYBE WAS NOT ALL THAT GREAT AND THAT HE NEEDED THAT PLESURE FROM SOMEONE ELSE AND FANTSIA WAS THAT PERSON IT DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE ON A SEXUAL LEVEL . AND I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S A CRIME IN NC PUT IM FROM FL, TALLAHASSEE AND STUFF LIKE THAT HAPPENS. ITS LIFE TAKE IT HOW IT IS AND MOVE ON WITH IT MAYBE IT JUST WAS NOT MENT FOR THEM TO BE TOGATHER. BUT I THANK THAT THE LADY SHOULD NOT EVEN TRY AND GET ANY MONEY OUT OF HER BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO PROF THAT SHE WAS HAVE AN AFIAR WITH THE MAN. BE SIZE THEY MEET AT A CELL PHONE PLACE COME ON PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOMTIMEING.......!!!

hey I agree wit u alicia I'm from Tally too and the fact that she is suing the other woman makes her seem desperat especially since she's Fantasia if the "other woamn" was a no body wit no money she wouldn't even be suing her smh... their no proof of an affair or the sex tapes, fantasia could have just been giving hime the attention that he wasn't recieving at home which didn't have to be sexual. this makes me upsets b/c black people claim they don't want errbody in their business but do suff like this making it public knowledge she should have let this divorce be between her and her husbnad a quiet matter of signing papers and moving on

sorry about the typos above

I agree with the both of you. I'm from GA and you guys are tright this kind of stuff happens all the time. I think if the wife wants to sue someone let it be her husband he is the one who took the vows with her not Fantasia. This is their personal business why put it out there for everyone to know what going in your relationship. She can't blame anyone for the divorce but her and her husband.

I WONDER IF PERHAPS ANTWUAN AND HIS WIFE SET THIS UP KNOWING THE LAWS IN THEIR STATE WOULD PERHAPS ORDER TASIA TO PAY THE WIFE FOR DESTROYING THEIR MARRIAGE. NOW THEY CAN GET PAID AND SOME HOW FIND LOVE AGAIN AND LIVE OFF FANTASIA MONEY. ANTWUAN HAS NOT COME TO FANTASIA DEFENSE AT ALL......HMMMM

PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES,SO I WISH EVERYBODY WOULD JUST GET OFF FANTASIA AND JUST PRAY FOR HER,TO GET THRU THIS.REMEBER YOU GOING THRU A STORM,AND IT WILL PASS WITH TIME.

That's exactly what's wrong with the world today. Of course if you are single and looking for a man, your first place to look is at one that is already taken. Just remember what goes around will come right back around. It doesn't matter whether they were having problems in their marriage or not, it was not fantasia job to try and make him happy. Do you not know that a man saying he's not happy in his marriage is the oldest line in the book of games. Adultery is a commandment by God and if Fantasia lived the christian life like she claimed to have been brought up in, then she should have known better. It doesn't matter whether they was separated or not, he's still married and is in a covenant relationship with God first and his wife next. People need to wake up. And yes, this has been going on for quiet some time and I send cudos out to the real Mrs. Cook that is finally taking a stand. Adultery is a sin and this world needs to line up with the word of God.

I think its rediculous to sue Fantasia for adultery. Who does that??? I've never even heard of it being done. I think the wife of this scum bag is just trying to take advantage of Fantasia fame and fortune.I hate when people try to sue celebs.Especially in situations where they wouldnt normally have. And what made Fantasia think it was cool to do a sex tape??? What made her think that hers wouldnt get out?? She was just another notch under this guys belt..She is a celeb..Bragging rights..duh..I feel bad for her, but nothing good can come out of sleeping with a married man..Especially in Gods eyes

Kudos to PD! You are right on! First of all Fantasia Ain't Saved! All that shouting like she does on Bobby Jones--give me a break. It's the devil whooping her behind for sleeping with this guy.

AND in NC where she's from, there was a recent court ruling where the wife sued the Mistress and WON! Hats off to Mrs. Cook, I hope you get PAID!

Fantasia thinks she's all that. I went to see her TWICE in the Color Purple (NY). They had just come off strike, yet she never showed up to do her shows. She got BOOED big time when they mentioned her name. She's a skrate up (that's how she would pronounce it) country azz hood rat--look at all those tats on her arm.

girl keep ur hand up it going to be ok ray j made a sex tap to

You can not help who you love once your in it but the key is not to get in it if it's not the right situation. Once Cook said the words yes I'm married no other words should have been said except come back when your divorced. You never want to be anywhere near a marriage. First of all God frown's on divorce. Don't put yourself in that situation. What Fantasia must remember is she is putting a curse on her daughter from the things that she is doing. Adultery effects alot of lives especially when children are involved.

I dont think this is really anyone else's business but the ppli who are envolved. Its crazy how ppl are quick to judge... and even funnier how ppl pick and choose who they wanna pick on. Just so its clearly im not saying what tasia is doing is right but no one knows what he told her and no one one knows exactly what was goin on but the three of them.... Its crazy how Alicia Keys did the same thing and everybidy knew swiss was married and here she ends up getiing pregnant from him breaking up his marriage and marring him yet nobody seemed to care fareal ppl get a life

Excuse me he was tire of working at Tmobile

Wow I cant believe what people are actually saying about this women. I am not on either side. I think that it is wrong to cheat with anyone especially with a married man. His wife should not be sueing Fantasia either and should be taking the matter up with her husband. If she was not famous, she would not be sueing at all. Obviously something was going wrong in the relationship for him to start cheating. Just move on, he is not worth it to be going through all of this publicly.

Fantasia has to remember that she is a public figure and she holds alot on HER shoulders, every single thing she does is going to be placed under a magnifying glass.. on another note.. we as women need to stand for something, we let these mans do as they please...every time a man cheat we "women" want to go at each other instead of the man.. in my OPINION i think we need to come together because one person cant cheat alone. If a man says he's married walk away, stop giving these man the upper hand people are saying stop judging, but you are not also in his wife position....Fantasia goes out and sing gospel music and stated how she grew up singing in the church ALL IM GOING TO SAY IS FELLOW CHRISTIANS PRAY FOR THEM ALL TO GET THROUGH AND FOR FANTASIA TO ASK FOR FORGIVINESS FOR HER SINS.....THESE ARE THE TEST OF TIMES THE DEVIL IS REAL BUSY ...COME ON FANTASIA DONT FALL FOR ONE OF HIS OLDEST TRICK U CAN DO BETTER....KEEP YOUR HEAD TO THE SKY.....

I see that this is old news but I just had to comment on some of the comments. I'd be interested to know how many of the people commenting here are married. If you really believe that adultery is no big deal, then I'm inclined to believe you're not married or, if you are, you have already committed adultery or you will have no problem doing so in the future. The excuse that it "happens all the time" and is therefore not a big thing is ridiculous. People commit murder all the time but we still consider it a crime and we prosecute and punish the offenders. I live in North Carolina and I believe the law allowing you to sue the person that has the affair with your spouse should be the law in all states. It gives the injured party some recourse against the adulter. I used the law, succesfully, myself. Was it about the money? Of course, but not so much about getting the money as taking the money away from the other person. It doesn't matter if the person is wealthy, it's about making them suffer to some degree for what they have done and perhaps making them think twice before doing it again. As far as the Barrino story goes, maybe their were problems in the guys marriage. Anyone who tells you their marriage is perfect is probably a dominant force in that marriage and thinks it's perfect because the other party to the marriage never speaks up or disagrees. That's not normal and certainly not perfect. So yes, they may have had problems and those problems may have been worked out if Barrino had not offered her services. (And I do mean "services" in a derogatory fashion) Regardless, they should have been allowed to work out any marital problems without any outside interference. If they decided they weren't meant to be together, then they could have agreed on divorce and been free to pursue other interests.

I am suing my husbands mistress for this same thing and I am not famous and neither is the third party. This is a god send for a woman who has put her heart and soul into a marriage and to be treated like this is horrendous. Five weeks ago my husband and I agreed to have a baby. I am now pregnant and two days ago I discovered he was having an affair. I am a stay at home wife and him leaving has left me homeless, penniless and devastated.
Shame on any off you saying this is only because she is famous. This is much deeper then that. Much deeper.
The state of NC has been my home for a very long time and I am blessed its laws protect the covenant of marriage the way it does.
Walk a mile in some one else's shoes before you judge their actions.


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