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'Idol' Reject Refiles Lawsuit, Now Only Wants $100 Mil

8/31/2010 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ian Benardo -- the former "American Idol" contestant who sued the show for $300 million -- has withdrawn that lawsuit ... only to refile a new one for $100 million.

Ian Bernardo Lawsuit

Benardo refiled his lawsuit for workplace discrimination and sexual harassment today in federal court. The original suit was filed with the NY State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A rep for Benardo says he was advised that the case was not under the jurisdiction of NY's EEOC -- and instead he had to take the matter to federal court. Benardo is suing because he claims "Idol" producers exploited his sexual orientation and told him to "gay it up."

As for why he dropped his astronomical demand from $300 mil to $100 mil -- Benardo's rep inexplicably says it was a "cleaner amount."

Then again, $100 gazillion is also pretty clean.


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1.

Kàt    

Pathetic looser! Geeze everyone has to sue these days.

1481 days ago
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STFUP    

What a loser. This guy is so delusional if he thinks he's going to get a dime.
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He needs to just disappear - now!

1481 days ago
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t-in-sd    

SLOW NEWS DAY?

This guy is the reason why gays get bashed. I'm gay and can definitely say this guy is an embarrassment, what a waste of space. Idiot, place in hell waiting for him

1481 days ago
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gigi    

lol

1481 days ago
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Hench    

A.I. - countersue this mallard for legal fees and for just being a complete douchebag. Just cuz he's used to taking it in the tailpipe, doesn't mean he needs to give to you up the a**.

1481 days ago
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Hammer    

Exploited? Like he's the type of gay guy that doesn't show it off. He's so gay, he'd be the hood ornament for the gay pride parade

1481 days ago
7.

pink floyd    

i will give $20k to the first person to kill this ***!!!!!

1481 days ago
8.

janet    

Who is this guy?

1481 days ago
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christy    

Whack Job.

Ass Clown.

1481 days ago
10.

Notaparazzzi    

I always wondered what the definition of "Doofus" was. Now I know.

1481 days ago
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theonly onethinking    

omg all you dumb asses must be stupider than him talk off killing him. You are just jealous youdid not think of suing first. Bet if he wins you will all stand in line to burp his ***.

1481 days ago
12.

Mimzy    

I met this guy at a hostel some years ago. He was so annoying, grating, and obnoxious as all hell. He obviously hasn't changed a bit.

1481 days ago
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automanager26    

TMZ. Do not ever do a story about this geek again. You are taking up valuable space.

1481 days ago
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spearit    

I think anyone who files a frivolous lawsuit should serve jail time. Come on what a waste of taxpayers money.

1481 days ago
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straight as an arrow    

Ian do yourself a favor , go to the supermarket with bowl & spoon in hand. walk to the dairy section & get some homo milk then walk over to the cereal section & open a box of fruit loops & show everybody how stuiped & foolish you really are punk.

1481 days ago
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