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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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61.

My words     

Frivolous lawsuit that smells like a shakedown for money. What they fail to mention is that all contestants goes through a background screening. If you have a criminal past or one that has questionable morals (porn/stripper) and its discovered, you are disqualified from the competition. Disgusting that the race card has to be thrown in.

364 days ago
62.

Paige    

Corey couldn't cash in for banging Paula so he's on to scheme number 2

364 days ago
63.

Jessy    

Oh please. More blacks trying to get something from whitey. What's new?

364 days ago
64.

Maggie    

Ok. The blacks that won must have been white people in disguise then because if they are so racist why would they let them win. Cases like this are really detrimental to people with REAL racial discrimination cases!

364 days ago
65.

Luis Rodriguez    

They need to shut the F&%K and stop pulling the race card, and being a VICTIM!! Black dudes (NOT all) pull this **** and wonder why no one takes them serious!!
If any of these retards were any good they'd be making money in their "profession" stop asking for a payday, being a B&%$H and a VICTIM!!

364 days ago
66.

Willa329    

OMG stop it- you lied about your criminal pasts.... you sucked and now you are screaming the race card???????????????? STOP IT!!!! If you told the truth about the criminal pasts you wouldn't have made it on TV at all....

364 days ago
67.

joecat367    

They are all just looking for some money. Two of them were booted for stealing a car to get to the audition!!!

364 days ago
68.

jjbythesea    

Why is it always about race? Accept the fact that none of the judges thought you could sing. Everything
is not a lawsuit. Sore losers.

364 days ago
69.

BobboFairbro    

bollocks

364 days ago
70.

Mitch    

Oh, pleeeaaassseee

364 days ago
71.

Sami    

Or maybe they're just not talented. And Chris is white enough that there's no way they booted him just for being black.

364 days ago
72.

jen    

i'm sorry, but is that all a certain race does anymore? scream "discrimination?"
maybe they just weren't good enough.

364 days ago
73.

Ozzy    

Sounds a lot like what TMZ does on a DAILY BASIS

364 days ago
74.

PondScum    

Can I sue for being subjected to this crappy show and all the crappy drama regarding it?

364 days ago
75.

~catty~    

👎

364 days ago
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