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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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1.

Brandon    

seems like a cash grab to me,

425 days ago
2.

vic    

who's the non white ****?

425 days ago
3.

DMLC    

Yawn!! You lost.....grow up!!
This won't get very far and they will get nothing!

425 days ago
4.

darkshadow    

nice try with the race card. you guys just sucked.

425 days ago
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rhode    

"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."
What is illegal about the truth? If you were a thug, why should you be treated better now? And wan't $25 million.

425 days ago
6.

CaliCakes702    

I'm black and even I'm not on their side. I hate that effin show, but I don't believe it's racist.

425 days ago
7.

People Annoy Me    

Just sounds like angry people who are still having a fit about not winning.

425 days ago
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roll3567    

once you go on t.v., you open your life to scrutiny.

425 days ago
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chefox54    

they are looking for a payday. if they were good they got exposure and couln't use it to their advantage. gecause they suck then theymust SUE. ASS*****ES

425 days ago
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daved0622    

That's new, claim racist rich white man. Could it be they sucked?

425 days ago
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ANNIE24    

This is the kind of BS that feeds our racist country. Total BS claim.

425 days ago
12.

tmzer    

really? this what we have come to? D:

425 days ago
13.

TimP    

All they had to do was be honest to producers. Phillip Phillips and Bo Bice had histories and they won. Fail!! Money Grab

425 days ago
14.

Susanlsmith    

Playing the black card is getting old

425 days ago
15.

Lola    

"Ju'Not gon' win" lol

425 days ago
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