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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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31.

nflsab    

Here we go again always wanting something for nothing Losers

366 days ago
32.

Reggiedunlop    

I'm gonna sue BET for not having more white people on their network.. So there!

366 days ago
33.

Los Pepes    

It was because you suck not because of your color
Morons

366 days ago
34.

Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

Or maybe you just weren't good enough, let me guess because i don't watch reality garbage but there were probably blacks that beat them.

366 days ago
35.

Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How many blacks have won? Quit listening to the greedy lawyers you don't have a case.

366 days ago
36.

HRH Prince Michael    

NOT before the RIAA, NARAS,BMI, Et Al settles their
$177,000,000 debt:
"WE won't let another M****-F***** Elvis happen!"

Sooner than later, FULL payment shall be made.

366 days ago
37.

TheMachine1    

It is a hostile work place. I would not want to work a job if I was facing daily attacks.

366 days ago
38.

nof    

Corey had it best - an alleged fling with Paula -

366 days ago
39.

Mysticmike    

What about Ruben Studdard? Maybe you just sucked.

366 days ago
40.

Paige    

Corey couldn't cash in for banging Paula so now on to scheme two

366 days ago
41.

Brian    

Enough already w/ the race card. How about having some accountability in life!!! Maybe (certainly) you got kicked off b/c you weren't good enough. I'm so sick of this race card crap. And while I'm on a roll, AA is getting old. How about only getting into college based on Merit! If not, then lets get some AA for NBA. That seems to be lacking diversity.

366 days ago
42.

Jordan    

GOOD LUCK EVEN GETTING THIS ONE TO COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!

366 days ago
43.

Nvts    

Getting sick and tired of black people whining and complaining. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!..............get real jobs!!!!

366 days ago
44.

Sheila Shigley    

They can kiss my black ass

366 days ago
45.

FUTMZ    

I say settle: 5 rocks, 2 blunts and a 40 of Olde English..... ya feel me?

366 days ago
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