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'American Idol'

Black Contestants' Racial Suit

We Want $25 Mil ... EACH

7/24/2013 4:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ten black former "American Idol" contestants from various seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming they were unjustly booted because of their race ... and they EACH want $25 million ... minimum.

We broke the story ... the contestants have accused producers of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV.

The contestants -- Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).

The contestants' lawyer claims the show used the arrest info to make his clients appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" ... when they weren't. In fact, none had ever even been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.

Worse, the lawyer claims ONLY black people were ever probed about their alleged criminal pasts ... never white people.

Not only do the contestants feel they got the shaft, they claim their lives have been ruined by the show's racist portrayals.

The 10 are suing for discrimination and other alleged misdeeds.  They also want Idol to adopt new anti-racism regulations.

Reps for FOX and FremantleMedia had no comment.

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271.

D-INCARNATION    

Give them all colonics and send them back to Africa.

263 days ago
272.

Rosewood11    

This is the most ridiculous lawsuit I've ever heard of. Hello, people. Did you notice who won this year!?! I read elsewhere that these "gentlemen" are claiming that 31% of black male contestants in American Idol are dismissed for reasons other than their singing ability. Well, guys, it's time you owned your own stuff!!! You are the ones who either misrepresented your criminal past, got into trouble with the law after being put through to Hollywood, or failing to disclose that you already had a recording contract. This is not an issue of race. It's an issue of breaking the rules of the contest. Grow up and get a life. This lawsuit should be dismissed by the court out of hand.

261 days ago
273.

Cristina    

The industry doesn't have a place for whiners. Just making this noise is what will/has ruined their careers, certainly not their race...

260 days ago
274.

clickityclack    

Well..if you live in Detroit then you all understand that race cards and lawsuits are normal living...easy money dog....lol

259 days ago
275.

Shawn    

I'm black....do I think they looked up the black contestants track record only. YES. Do I think they should be given $25 million dollars? HELL NO!

255 days ago
276.

MsMary    

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/06/chris-golightly-found-guilty-of-fraud-and-intimidation-of-his-former-girlfriend

251 days ago
277.

MsMary    

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/06/chris-golightly-found-guilty-of-fraud-and-intimidation-of-his-former-girlfriend

251 days ago
278.

Mil    

Wow what a way to make money after a fail to make fame. These idiots need to stop trying to male easy money. What about other races, like asian, mexician, etc. Should they go on idol and get booted off then sue them? I 've never seen other race cmplained racist expect black. Who is the racist?

99 days ago
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Mil    

Wow what a way to make money after a fail to make fame. These idiots need to stop trying to male easy money. What about other races, like asian, mexician, etc. Should they go on idol and get booted off then sue them? I 've never seen other race cmplained racist expect black. Who is the racist?

99 days ago
280.

Mil    

Wow what a way to make money after a fail to make fame. These idiots need to stop trying to male easy money. What about other races, like asian, mexician, etc. Should they go on idol and get booted off then sue them? I 've never seen other race cmplained racist expect black. Who is the racist?

99 days ago
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