10 black contestants sue 'American Idol' for $25 million each
While CBS is in some hot water for all the racist stuff going on at the Big Brother house, American Idol producers are being sued by 10 black contestants who claim the entire show was being racist against them. They're seeking $25 million each, so it's not like FremantleMedia and Fox can just pay them off.
The singers have accused producers of dredging up arrest histories to use on the show in an attempt to embarrass them, TMZ reports. Nine of the 10 contestants filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in January.
According the to site, the 10 contestants are 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 lawyer for the group says FremantleMedia illegally obtained the records and used to make the 10 look like "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" despite the fact that none of the men were convicted of any crimes. The suit claims no white contestants were subjected to the same treatment, the site says.
They are seeking damages for discrimination by the show, and want anti-racism regulations adopted by the show, TMZ says. In the meantime, everyone hit up Wikipedia to try and remember who most of these guys are.