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     Former American Idol contestants sue over racism allegations

July 25, 2013
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Former contestants say they booted off from the show due to their race

Ten black former American Idol contestants from different seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming that they were unjustly booted because of their race.   The former contestants are looking for $25 million, each.   They are accusing 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 lawyer for the contestants claim that the show used the arrest info to make his clients appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants”    

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