LeAnn Rimes had harsh words for her father after a Nashville judge refused to let her out of a recording contract approved at the request of her and her parents when she was 12 years old. "I hate you,

LeAnn Rimes had harsh words for her father after a Nashville judge refused to let her out of a recording contract approved at the request of her and her parents when she was 12 years old. "I hate you," the singer said to her father, Wilbur Rimes, after the ruling Friday.

Wilbur Rimes said later that day that he was "very hurt, but confused" by his daughter's remark "because I had nothing to do with the proceeding."

The singer's lawyers last month asked the judge, Davidson County Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease, to set aside a contract order he signed in 1995 allowing Rimes to sign a long-term contract with Nashville-based Curb Records. She initially filed suit against the label last November in an effort to break the contract.

Rimes is suing her father in their home state of Texas over another issue, alleging he and a former co-manager have cheated her of $7 million in earnings. In December, Wilbur Rimes countersued his daughter's company, LeAnn Rimes Entertainment Inc., claiming that he is owed producers fees stemming from a 1999 agreement.

Rimes, who now lives in Los Angeles, issued a statement last month apologizing to fans for her latest album, saying it was produced by Curb without her "creative input." The label and her father countered those claims, with Wilbur Rimes saying, "This album has great sentimental meaning to me because it was the last project that my daughter and I worked on together."

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