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Tampa Bay, TMZ reports that 10 black former "American Idol" contestants from various seasons are suing the show, claiming they were eliminated because of their race, and they each want $25 million, minimum.
The contestants accuse producers of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to boost ratings by digging up their arrest records and humiliating them on national television.
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) are all involved in the suit. The contestants' lawyer asserts that the show used the arrest records to make his clients appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants," when in fact none of them were ever actually convicted on charges stemming from their arrests.