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Scarred 'Idol' Contestant -- Drunk Driving Victim

2/12/2011 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Stefano Langone -- the "American Idol" contestant who showed his massive scars -- was the victim of a drunk driving accident in 2009 ... and TMZ has learned, he's suing the culprit.

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According to the lawsuit -- filed in April last year -- Jacob Sheppard collided with Stefano's car in King County, Washington.

Sheppard admitted to drinking beers and doing shots before the accident -- which left Stefano with two broken arms, a fractured pelvis, and other serious injuries. Sheppard was charged with two counts of vehicular assault and served more than a year behind bars.

Stefano's lawsuit is ongoing.

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JLS    

He's extremely lucky to have survived it! I'd bet he still has pain walking etc. I wish him better health and good luck.

1265 days ago
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moveover    

And what does any of this have to do with a singing contest? It's a shame that this lame karaoke show has to now depend more and more on sappy tear-jerking, sympathy stories to keep the "easily entertained" watching it. Pathetic!

1265 days ago
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kp    

moveover
Since tv is so great, don't watch it. You have so many other choices to pick from.

1265 days ago
4.

croc    

so sorry youre hurting,,now sing your little heart out,things will get better..as gaga says 'just sing'' oh, thats 'just dance'....

1264 days ago
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HH    

I love Idol this year, love the judges.... everything except these sappy teary back stories. I have to Tivo the show now, and FF through all the weeping and wailing..... I think its unfair to the contestants who don't have sob stories.

1264 days ago
6.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Idol is sooo played out! Instead of singing talent, now you have to have a sad story to qualify. Happy to say I stopped watching this garbage!

1263 days ago
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Reynier    

I just saw American Idol here in SA, this kid can sing!

1263 days ago
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Julian    

@moveover:

In this case I think it's necessary to bring light to the situation. It's a learning moment. Additionally, it's hard to ignore huge scars on someone's arms while they're performing... It's human nature to want to know more about what happened. Such a negative attitude. Life is about sharing human experiences. Stop trying to force people into little boxes...

1254 days ago
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CSC    

I think moveover is an ass. AI is amazing and gives chances to those who may not have otherwise had a chance.

1210 days ago
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john    

i thank it is sad that moveover cant see life for what it is we all have a story to tell if you do not want to here it dont wacth tv i love stefano and he can sing dont hate him for god gave it to him

1201 days ago
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Joan Rivers    

Can we talk here!....Stefano Langone's scars are nothing to the plastic surgery scars I have all over my body!..When I had my
penis and balls removed during my sex reassignment surgery I was left with scars on vajjayjay and buttocks

1176 days ago

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