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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

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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Am sure george zimmerman is to blame

456 days ago


I blame the media for stuff like this. They've been pushing their narrative that all black people are victims for so long that now we have whole generations of black people believing anything anything happens to them, regardless of what it is, it's not their fault and they're victims. It's absolutely sickening seeing msnbc, the naacp, and other race-baiters take advantage of the black community like this.

456 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

What a bunch of a-holes

456 days ago


These guys are some pretty sore losers

456 days ago


I don't buy it. There have been several African American winners. The show ran its course years ago. Hopefully, this will be the final nail in its coffin. Personally, I always see many singers much more talented in the auditions than in the top ten anyhow. Talent doesn't seem to be the deciding factor, and rarely has.

456 days ago


Even the winners don't get $25 million. Stupid. They're the ones trying to make this about race.

456 days ago


I would also like $25,000,000 please.

I'm just not stupid enough to think I can get it from American Idol.

456 days ago


I'm black and I mean damn I don't agree with them either. Damn they let rubin studdard, and famtasia win. Smfh.. And 25 mil??? Kelly clarkson ain't even worth half if that.. C'mon now

456 days ago


Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, good luck.

456 days ago


25 MIL!? how about a pack of Kool Menthols and a bucket of KFC?

456 days ago

Jordan Anderson    

It seems Like they still Bitter that they didn't make it to Hollywood nor the Top 12 so they decided to play the black card. I'm Black and i'm not their side. It Just sad plot by them

456 days ago


Seriously? What is it with Negros in this society? How are we supposed to like and accept them when they're ALWAYS using the race card to their advantage! You want millions?! Get off Welfare and GET A JOB!!! Negros are the slugs of this community, they are the worst of the human race. Yes, there are some intelligent and useful ones out there, but statistically speaking, the commit more violent crimes, make up the majority of welfare recipients, are the worst students, and are just dumb. God, I really despise the Negros

456 days ago


another example of how the race issue has gotten totally out of hand in the US. Utterly absurd. Everybody exploiting the issue to make some $$$$$

456 days ago


It's like this:

Last year Mike Miller got paid eleven million dollars.

Matt Barnes less than 900K.

The better NBA player?

Matt Barnes by far.

456 days ago


I believe that the show - ?

Comments made by the judges?

Influence the audiences a great deal.

That the show usually promotes and pushes a certain ideal.

Has a horse in the race.

Adam Lambert slew - completely killed the show -

Was runner-up.

After that I said the-fix-is-in.

Before that too.

Jennifer Hudson going out relatively early -etc.

I buy this.

I don't think it's a cash grab.

The rock n' roll dude - he wasn't the best the show had.

Neither was the country singer a few years back.

BLACK AMERICAN IDOL, with black Judges (Snoop and Dre) - as I pushed for last year?

Would be a far more interesting show - Word.

456 days ago
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