Nine former contestants of American Idol have consulted and hired an attorney for a potential lawsuit against the American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, for alleged racism. The nine former contestants include Corey Clark from Season 2, Jaered Andrews also from Season 2, Donnie Williams from Season 3, Terrel Brittenum from Season 5, Thomas Daniels from Season 6, Akron Watson also from Season 6, Ju’Not Joyner from Season 8 and Chris Golightly from Season 9. All nine former contestants of American Idol have claimed American Idol humiliated them by making them audition and then disqualifying them for their former criminal histories and for being African American.
The attorney for these nine young men who were former contestants on American Idol claims American Idol producers have violated California employment laws since they asked for their former arrest history. The claim is the producers violated this employment law because these men were just trying to gain employment by getting a spot on American Idol. The attorney also claims these young men’s personal as well as professional lives are damaged due to the reality show violating the law.
Although, they are also claiming racism, American Idol has had 3 African American winners since the start of it. They include Reuben Studdard from Season 2, Fantasia Barrino from Season 3 and Jordan Sparks from Season 6.
Mr. Lythgoe is shocked by these allegations and says they treat every contestant equally no matter their sex, race or religion.
The young men’s attorney, Mr Freeman, is going to go ahead with filing the lawsuit as soon as he is given permission by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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