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Published On: Mon, Jan 28th, 2013

Former ‘American Idol’ contestants join together in ‘racism’ lawsuit

NY Attorney James Freeman is representing nine former black contestants from “American Idol” who are suing the show claiming they were all “forced off” of “Idol” as part of a racist and illegal plot to boost ratings.

Terrell and Derrell Brttenum

Terrell and Derrell Brttenum

TMZ reports on a letter they obtained which was submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Freeman asking for permission to Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients.

The performers named are: Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (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 letter notes “something fishy” when Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012. Producers had claimed Jones failed to inform them about multiple outstanding warrants out for his arrest.  

Freeman claims he conducted an investigation into the show — and found that producers had only publicly disqualified 9 other people from the show since it first hit the air … and they all happened to be black.

Freeman now alleges that “Idol” has been conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.

Check out the full  report : here

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