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'Idol' Reject Sues for $300 Million -- Anti-Gay Allegations

7/27/2010 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ian Benardo -- the "American Idol" reject who stole the mic from Dane Cook during the live finale earlier this year -- is setting the stage for a $300 million lawsuit ... claiming show producers told him to "gay it up" ... and then turned their back on him when the idea backfired.


Among the allegations included in a legal document filed yesterday with the NY State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- Benardo claims Dane Cook personally threatened him after the 2010 live show ... and one of the show's producers told Benardo that Dane wanted to "shove this mic up your ass but you would like it."

But in the docs, Benardo claims the problems started way back in 2006 when he first auditioned for the show -- when producers "exploited ... my sexual orientation" by instructing Benardo to "gay it up."

Benardo claims when he was invited back for the 2010 finale, producers gave him similar instructions ... asking him to be "outrageous" and "gay" -- and that's why he pulled the mic-stealing stunt with Dane.

In the docs, Benardo claims Dane and Dane's manager flipped out -- and "Idol" producers warned Benardo that he was "not safe" and had to leave the building ASAP.

Benardo claims as a result of his experiences with "Idol" -- he's suffered emotional injuries and loss of employment opportunities .. and he wants $300 mil to make things right.

Calls to "American Idol" and Dane Cook have not been returned.



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$300 million? The nerve LOLZ! I bet 300 million and 1 $ this joker won't get a cent.

1546 days ago


Anti-Gay? Um.. hello.. Secrest!

1546 days ago

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1546 days ago


Let's get real here, he "gayed it up" on his own because he's obviously an attention whore. I mean look at him, he's wearing a shirt with his own name on it to try to get 15 minutes of fame out of it. And he grabbed the mic on stage to try to make a Youtube moment for himself. These people are pure attention whoring s***.

1546 days ago


This country has become "sue" crazy!! What a bunch of bologna

1546 days ago

Bill F. Murray    

"Loss of employment opportunity" mean other than trying out for Idol and subsequently suing them cuz you suck and refuse to get a real job?

1546 days ago


Dane wanted to "shove this mic up your ass but you would like it."


1546 days ago


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give up with your retarded posts

1546 days ago

Vegas Wrestling    

I swear to God, lawyers are the new publicists. This is a publicity stunt from hell.

Ridiculous, and of course TMZ is right on it. I guess Lindsay Lohan hasn't gotten out of jail yet so they needed a headline.

1546 days ago


Guy sits around for years, bumming out about blowing his "big chance", his friends console him "yeahhhh, it ain't your fault, you're the greatest!", he starts believing it all, becomes convinced his failure was due to everyone else ... a conspiracy grows to fit his delusions ... then he screws up again in another attention (and mic) grab, the person he screwed with gets rightfully pissed.
-so, ever delusional, he can't take the blame for his latest FAIL, and pins it on everrrrryone else, to the tune of 300 delusional million dollars ... and gets himself yet another grab for attention.
He will FAIL again, and in the end he'll blame his legal representation and his friends.
Then, when that FAILS ...
-I hope this jackazz is in counseling, bigtime.

1546 days ago


300 million? Damn I'll gay it up for half that and I'm straight.

1546 days ago


Some people just can't accept the fact that THEY HAVE NO TALENT! So sad, not to mention humiliating

1546 days ago


Who is this guy? Dumb lawsuit for a dumb person with no talent and can't get a real job. I hope they counter sue him for this ridiculous amount and then see how he feels. I also hope he has to really pay it. Augh! Dumbasses!

1546 days ago


I'm sure this lawsuit will make a great addition to his "already long and impressive resume."

1546 days ago


See it's ***s like this; that give queer homo butt pirates a bad name. 300 mil is based on what? Future earnig potential? uh, no...pain and suffering? uh, no...made up by a pro bono attorney? yep. I see " case dimissed" in your future. Whatever you do Idol..DO NOT OFFER A SETTLEMENT

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