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Ian Benardo -- the former "American Idol" contestant who sued the show for $300 million -- has withdrawn that lawsuit ...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

Ian? O, Ian...your daddy called. He wants his sperm back...

1520 days ago
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nico    

dude this guy is sick i mean i don't care if hes gay or not but seariously 300milion?are u mad or something?if you lose you lose there is alot of losers in american idol and they just lived with it.look i personnaly would say your stuff was like the biggest **** ever in american idol and if you do not admit it you are just a peace of ****.by the way you want 300 milion dollars?its not going to happen.even tom cruise would not have this money in one movie and you think you can have it?well your ****ing wrong!your just one sealfish assehole who just want those money to sue american idol!lan benardo your are the definition of ***!i hope and it will hapen !american idol will get you down!

1488 days ago
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