By DAVID WRIGHT and JEFF SAMUELS
American Idol winner Taylor Hicks is caught up in a raging gay sex scandal!
The ENQUIRER has learned that the silver-haired 29-year-old bachelor has been the target of nasty homosexual lies on the Internet and in his Alabama hometown.
And behind-the-scenes sources say the malicious gossip nearly kept Taylor from beating Katharine McPhee on the FOX-TV finale May 24 — when he was crowned the fifth “Idol” in front of 43 million viewers.
“Inside Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, Taylor was freaking out that a ‘queer smear’ would rob him of victory,” an A.I. insider told The ENQUIRER.
“First, he blamed a fruity purple velvet jacket he wore. And he was told there were rumors about his sexuality all over the place.”
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