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Suing Mad 'Idol' Reject: I'm Gonna Bring 'AI' Down

7/27/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who's suing "American Idol" for allegedly exploiting his sexual orientation says he deserves a $300,000,000 payday ... and claims he's going to "bring American Idol down."

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TMZ ran into Ian Benardo in New York where he also berated a "bum" for asking him for directions -- before continuing to preach about how words can be hurtful.

"American Idol" producer FremantleMedia had no comment on the lawsuit.

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31.

Frank    

Sad thing is this may not even see the light of day in a trial. He will get a payday as I am sure the lawyers will settle before this ever goes to court. This guy is a total loser and Karma will come back and bite him in the ass

1459 days ago
32.

Tony    

Classy. He's saying how American Idol treating him badly, then treats a guy like **** for asking for directions?

He's not getting $300-million, he's getting a restraining order!

1459 days ago
33.

Lovely Rita    

What a tool.

1459 days ago
34.

Rich Boston    

Stick a **** in his mouth and shut him up!! I Bet he Swallows!!!

1459 days ago
35.

TMZgossip    

Drama Queen -- in all senses of the word

1459 days ago
36.

AOlski    

Isn't this guys 15 minutes up yet? What a Wacko!

1459 days ago
37.

MikeR    

Don't you people see the irony with him completely going off on that guy who asked directions?!?! I couldn't believe the vile things he said about that guy and how he treated him, the exact thing he's whining about AI doing to him!! HAHAHA. Crazy.

and for all you to miss it?! Wake up people!!

1459 days ago
38.

ETownCanuck    

Um, same idiot that got the boot from the "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions way back on Season 1.
Here's the clip http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2006/top-dancer-p1.php

1459 days ago
39.

Matt    

Nice touch by choosing the still of his mouth wide open. hahahaha

1459 days ago
40.

HarlotO'Hara    

MikeR: Everyone saw it and several commented on it.

Maybe he should see if Gloria Allred should take his case.

1459 days ago
41.

Mike    

That voice! That voice is the most horrible thing I have ever heard. If he was given his own show I would not only stop watching T.V. I would denounce modern technology and join an Amish commune. At least there I could get drunk and drive around in a cart and buggy.

1459 days ago
42.

ChorizoSupreme    

He seems to "act" colorfully gay even without Producers involved.

1459 days ago
43.

Alynn    

This guy seriously cannot believe he has a justifiable reason to file suit for discrimination against AI. He is just out to seek his 15 minutes of fame, thinking it'll provide some media exposure...One can only place pity on such mentality.

1459 days ago
44.

jerry    

What a tool! He should go down on himself and then complain f'n idiot!

1459 days ago
45.

Phil    

I have a feeling that a majority of the homosexual community won't back him, no pun intended.

1459 days ago
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