'American Idol' racism lawsuit in the works on behalf of disqualified contestants

New York attorney James H. Freeman has submitted a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which he asks for permission to sue "American Idol" and FOX on behalf of nine contestants, claiming a racist plot to boost ratings, reports TMZ. The nine contestants are Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell and Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9).RELATED: 'Idol' Season 12 picsFreeman claims he became suspicious of "Idol" when Jermaine Jones was kicked off the show in 2012, during Season 11. Producers claimed it was because Jones failed to inform them about outstanding warrants for his arrest. Freeman alleges that "Idol" has been conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit black contestants for ratings.The show's background check includes the question "Have you ever been arrested," which Freeman claims violates California...



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