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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Ian Benardo -- the former "American Idol" contestant who sued the show for $300 million -- has withdrawn that lawsuit ...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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This guy is such a flaming prick. Seriously, does he really think anyone gives a damn, even if the producers really did tell him to "gay it up"? Obnoxious, queen guy who thinks he's some celebrity. He has no talent and a terrible personality. Add that together and what do you get?!

A ****er that needs to disappear!

1457 days ago


one truly patehtic loser. no talent annoying little piece of crap. wont get 10 cents. jsut trying to keep his name in news...

1457 days ago

C. Fox    

Ian Bernardo is inspiring. He inspires me to want to leave the planet.

1457 days ago


Oh his boyfreind Ryan Seacrest gay man can pay for him since is gay just like me.

1457 days ago


like him

1457 days ago


Yep, reject was correct! Maybe Speidi can take him along when they do a Star80. Wannabes

1457 days ago


Seinfeld had class when he ended the show before it jumped the shark. American Idol and Survivor jumped a long time ago.

1457 days ago


isn't this site supposed to be about celebrities? anyways this guy is going about things all wrong if he wants to become famous. what he should do is make a sex tape, get drunk and do cocaine while driving the wrong way on the freeway cursing about Jews and eating a cheeseburger that is falling apart. THEN shave his head.

1457 days ago

Hugh Jass    

Stupid Lying Fruitcake!

1457 days ago

Deryk Devanz    

100 million dollars even is a joke!
Poeple who have been molested don't even get that much!
Only in America, eh! lol

1457 days ago


Rich people never worry about the lawsuit that demands $100 million. They worry about the one that wants $100,000, because those are likely to win. When are we going to see fines for filing frivolous, baseless lawsuits. There needs to be accountability by these people for clogging the courts. How about 10%of whatever they asked the courts for

1457 days ago


Stop. Just stop.

1457 days ago


Am I the only one who thinks this guy looks a bit like the lead singer of Placebo?

1457 days ago

Anna P    

Who is he?

1457 days ago


He does give Gay People a BAD name! I personally think that he's proof that abortions DO LIVE! LMGAO!!! Doesn't he realize that money can't buy him a personality?

1456 days ago
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