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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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Kris in NYC    

oh good lord. You can act "outrageous" without totally messing up the program! He was in the wrong.

1557 days ago


Why don't this pud sucker give it a rest? Any man who'd wrap his lips around another man's penis dosen't deserve the time. Blow this sucker (no pun intended) off.

1557 days ago


That *** doesn't deserve 300 million
that's a little extreme.

1557 days ago


Are we sure that it was really Dane Cook´s microphone he was trying to grab?

1557 days ago


3 mill-I'll gay it up!

1557 days ago


UGH, if it wasn't for starstruck females and homos, then that show would have died on season 1.

Shouldn't he be suing Dane Cook and his manager? The $300 million is no doubt excessive...and nobody forced him to do what he did. Male famewhore.

1557 days ago


Dane Cook would of mopped the floor little freak

1557 days ago

go home!    

I hope this douchebag DOES have emotional injuries after what he did on the Idol finale because what he did gave me emotional injuries watching it that night. He RUINED the Cook bit and i'm sorry, but stealing the mic during a but is not "gaying it up," it's being an *******! He gives gays a bad name and is a ridiculous fool. He should be sued for $300 mill for this frivilous lawsuit and disrupting a live television production. Stupid idiot. Don't give him anymore attention. Funny thing is, when he was on the finale, i didn't even remember him from the auditions. He shouldn't have been picked to be on the show. All the losers that they bring back and think it's funny is actually the worst part and they need to cut it out. When they come on screen, i flip the channel.

1557 days ago


*LMAO* That's rich. I think Dane, his manager, and the A.I. producers would like to give him 300 Million punches in the face for what he did :)

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1557 days ago


I thought Dane was already gaying it up? lol Run for your life, Dane Cook and his manager will get you and ROUGH your ass up! lol Seriously? There is someone afraid of Dane in the world?

1557 days ago

Eric in L.A.    

I didn't know "Being Gay" was a Career...

1557 days ago


So whut will he do when this tape is played at the depo with him stating he took the mic bcoz it was his moment and that he has two shows coming out and needed the publicity......I thought "Queen for a Day" was of air YEARS ago......

1557 days ago



Get a JOB...and a LIFE!!!!!

1557 days ago

Kevin C    

This guy has auditioned for several reality shows and acts the same on all of them. He acted the same way when he auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance. Just looking to make a buck.

1557 days ago
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