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'Idol' Reject -- Someone Wants Me to Die of AIDS

7/30/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ian Benardo -- the guy suing "American Idol" for $300 million -- has filed a police report with the NYPD claiming he's received multiple death threats since filing his lawsuit.

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In the police report, filed yesterday and obtained by TMZ -- Benardo claims he's received "numerous phone calls and emails from restricted and blocked numbers threatening his life."

Benardo tells TMZ, he's been getting 5-10 threatening phone calls an hour -- from people threatening to slit his throat and calling him "the biggest embarrassment to our country" and a "cancer to the world."

According to Benardo, one caller even said he "can't wait for him to die of AIDS."

As we previously reported, Benardo -- who famously yanked the mic from Dane Cook's hand during the live finale this year -- is now suing "Idol" claiming producers told him to "gay it up" for his appearance on the show ... and then ruined his career.


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