'American Idol' Hit With Racial Discrimination Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 25, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT) -- Ten African-American men who spent time as contestants on “American Idol” hit the show, along with its producers and sponsors, with a proposed class action in New York federal court on Wednesday, claiming that black contestants were unjustly disqualified from the competition or otherwise mistreated because of their race.

The plaintiffs say the show used their backgrounds to portray the contestants as criminals and said the gross statistical disparity in public disqualifications constitutes “insurmountable” evidence of racial discrimination in the show's’ treatment of black contestants. The...
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