In their lawsuit, the ten African-American contestants claimed that they were unfairly treated during the selection and competition process until they were eventually ousted – outside the usual elimination process – due to their race.
It could be remembered that way back in January, New York lawyer James Freeman has exhibited a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the contestants noting that the hit TV show’s producer, Fremantle Media, has disqualified only ten contestants publicly in Idol’s history and incidentally, all those eliminated contestants are black.
Freeman has also affirmed that the show used the alleged arrests histories of the contestants to humiliate them despite the fact that none of them was ever charged with a crime for which they were arrested. Meanwhile, it is observable that only black contestants were the only participants who were questioned about their criminal records since the arrest histories of the white contestants weren’t revealed.
The former contestants are seeking for a whopping $250 million damages in the said lawsuit. The said lawsuit also named Fox Broadcasting, the show’s executive producer, Nigel Lynthgoe including several sponsors of the show according to media sources.
So far, the American Idol is not yet giving comments regarding the matter.
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