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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Ian Benardo -- the former "American Idol" contestant who sued the show for $300 million -- has withdrawn that lawsuit ...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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16.

kali    

Get a job!! sheesh

1327 days ago
17.

Tony    

TMZ is the only way he's getting his extra 15 seconds of fame. Give it up!

First it was $300 million, the lawyers told him he was crazy, so he lowered it to $100 million.
He'll then keep lowering it to the point where he'll stop at the cost of lawyer fees and the cost of a male prostitute.

1327 days ago
18.

Tony    

spearit, you're absolutely right!

1327 days ago
19.

monal    

i'm gonna sue this guy and American Idol - just to see what I can get out of it. Why not? I could easily win MILLIONS.

1327 days ago
20.

Brian    

Ugh, you really couldn't find a way to squeeze in one more Heidi and Spencer article instead of giving this loser publicity?

1327 days ago
21.

lovethefog    

Fame seeking boy doesn't have any talent, so he's gonna sue.. That's what no talent ppl do.

1327 days ago
22.

janet    

Gay it up? That's funny. $300 mil down 100 mil. Ian...condom

1327 days ago
23.

Bob    

Once a looser always a looser!

1327 days ago
24.

Laker    

good fockin god, the kid wore a t-shirt with his own name on it to the audition...if that's not a sure fire sign of an attention whore I don't know what is

1327 days ago
25.

tromba    

Someone put this douche bag out of both his and our misery. American Idol is a show targeted at brain dead morons and thank God it is about to end. In the meantime, the producers must fight this whack job to very bitter end. If they cave in and settle, I'd say 1000 lawsuits would be a conservative estimate of what with they will be confronted very quickly.

1327 days ago
26.

scooter    

tmz - please don't report on this loser any more. that's the only publicity he is getting

1327 days ago
27.

Idiot!    

Geez; what a drama queen. I wonder if they can countersue the whiny wussy for wasting their time?

1327 days ago
28.

Mrs. Robinson    

what a jerk off...

1327 days ago
29.

dirty diana    

OMG is all I can say !

1327 days ago
30.

justsaying    

When is the next decease going to come to wipe out the rest of these gays and lesbians?

1327 days ago
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