October 24, 2016
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‘American Idol’ sued in $300 million matter

HollywoodNews.com: A contestant who was once rejected by ‘American Idol’ but then asked to appear on the 2010 finale is not happy about how the situation played out.

Ian Benardo is claiming that problems with ‘Idol’ began in 2006 when he first tried out and was told by producers to “gay it up,” reports TMZ. Problems only escalated for Benardo when he was asked to appear on the live finale show in 2010 as producers asked him again to be “outrageous” and “gay,” which reportedly led to him stealing the mic from Dan Cook.

After the Dane Cook incident, Benardo was told that both Dane and his manager were upset and Benardo was “not safe” and had to leave the building immediately.

The $300 million lawsuit has been filed with the NY State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and claims that Benardo’s ‘Idol’ experiences have caused him emotional injuries and loss of employment opportunities.

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