‘American Idol’ Black Contestants’ Racial Suit: We Want $25 Mil … Each

Tim Kenneally, Yahoo! TV, July 24, 2013

Ten black former “American Idol” contestants from various seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming they were unjustly booted because of their race … and they EACH want $25 million … minimum.

We broke the story … the contestants have accused producers of conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV.

The contestants — 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).

The contestants’ lawyer claims the show used the arrest info to make his clients appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants” … when they weren’t. In fact, none had ever even been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.

Worse, the lawyer claims ONLY black people were ever probed about their alleged criminal pasts … never white people.


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  • borogirl54

    First and foremost, isn’t Corey Clark the same guy that claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Paula Abdul when she was a judge on the show? Also, the problem here is that because they did not go as far as they wanted on the show, they cannot make a living in show business and they have to blame somebody. After all, they cannot accept the fact that they did not have the talent to win the competition. Besides, not all winners have been successful after the show.

  • Puggg

    Sure thing, “Ju’Not” was really going to make $25 million in his career.

  • willbest

    I think any time a lawyer files a suit like this he should staple his law license to the complaint. If he loses the case, the complaint along with his law license gets shredded. He can then go wait 6 months and re pass the bar to get a new one.

  • Jackryanvb

    I have to agree that just being “arrested” but never convicted is not grounds for denial of employment, acceptance to schools, military etc.

    I was falsely arrested – arrested for get this:

    “Failure to OBEY an officer”!

    What are we dogs that must OBEY corrupt authorities?

    • I was once arrested for false “burglary” charges. I easily beat the case, and the individual who made the false complaint is now almost seven years into a three-to-life sentence for molesting children. I wonder how his being lying dirtbag is going to work with the parole board. I also beat a felony assault charge in 2010; since I actually did it, this required a bit more work. My position was that since I am not the police, my response does not have to be proportionate to the nature of the threat (the “victim” was 6’5″ and 300 pounds, so I threw a tub of scalding hot grits all over him. Second-degree burns.)

      Certainly these would show up on my arrest record. It seems a gross abuse of these records, however to hold incidents from which no conviction resulted over people later on. When a jury acquits or the DA’s office drops the case, the charged parties must be regarded as innocent.

      That said, if these groids foolishly signed contractual paperwork saying that their records were as clean as the driven snow, they are in breach of contract due to false pretenses and are owed nothing at all.

      • Jackryanvb

        I like to come back with these arguments from the “we must OBEY THE LAW at all times and anyone who has ever been arrested is an out law trouble maker”

        Response: well the American Founding Fathers didn’t think or act that way, neither did Jesus Christ… He got arrested.

      • evilsandmich

        Grits? Sorry to find that funny, sounds like something out of a movie.

      • dukem1

        Your last paragraph is the heart of the matter.
        But, we do live in the age of the “do-over”, which, combined with a legal system geared towards big ol’ paydays, mixed up with the world’s biggest kareoke contest.
        Eh…why bother…everyone on this site knows how this all goes.

    • Police always obey every order I issue. They never come here without at least six. When CSPD last knocked on our door, they had six, and they told me to turn around. I said to Sayaka in a loud, clear voice, “If I go down, run the magazine dry on these bastards.”

      They ran away. The cops must have got the wrong house; they wanted someone who will tolerate their “stuff”.

  • Spartacus

    “We broke the story … the contestants have accused producers of
    conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit them for ratings by
    illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to
    humiliate them on national TV.”


    TNB – They think it’s racist someone pointed out they committed a crime. And don’t give me any bull about how they weren’t convicted, anywhere you have a bunch of dark-skins you can be sure at least half of them should be in prison for one thing or another.

    • me

      Black babies are born on parole….

  • bigone4u

    I’ve never watched the show because I do not like the caterwalling that passes for Negro music these days.

    • Sick of it

      It irritates me when white girls sing that way…they have such beautiful voices that should be used appropriately.

      • dd121

        No white person on that program, who sings like a bantu, has ever won on that program. Just saying, there must be a bunch of people like myself who don’t like the “negro subculture”.

        • me

          Negro subculture?! It’s shoved in our face every day…that’s why I don’t watch tv or go to the movies anymore. Waste of time and money….

  • Yale2001

    Keep acknowledging their constant complaints and ambitions to sue everyone and they will continue the pattern.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    So effing what? I hate that tripe regardless.

  • sbuffalonative

    “Worse, the lawyer claims ONLY black people were ever probed about their alleged criminal pasts … never white people.

    If it’s true only blacks were scrutinized, they might have a case. I hope the people at AI weren’t that stupid. We’ll have to see how this claim pans out.

    • mobilebay

      Don’t watch the program, but it would be common sense for any type of show like this to include a disclaimer or some type of morals clause that would cover arrests. A CYA contract is almost mandatory these days when dealing with anyone.

  • Luca

    The reality is they were probably disqualified for lying on their applications which is indeed grounds for disqualification.

    In their culture, lying is an accepted form of communication with any White person or authority figure. They are outraged that there are actually consequences for something they do on a routine basis.

    At the end of the day, they are just looking for a little “shakedown” money and they’ll go away.

    • MBlanc46

      Even blacks who wouldn’t lie to other blacks will lie to whites and consider it morally acceptable.

      Even blacks who wouldn’t steal from other blacks will steal from whites and consider it morally acceptable.

      They feel aggrieved over events that happened long ago to other people and it looks as if they’re never going to let it go.

      • Luca

        They are also jealous and resentful for being inferior in so many ways.

        • MBlanc46

          It must be very hard to live with the fact that so many of one’s kin are stupid, violent, and degraded, even if one is no so oneself.

      • Wethepeople

        Bukhari (49:857) – “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.”

        Taqiyya- lying to non-believers that is permitted as long as it advances the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

        The Bantu and other non-whites have very similar thoughts (or lack there of).

  • Truthseeker

    As a one-time fan of American Idol, I can say this lawsuit is a joke. I have to believe some aspect of this suit isn’t being correctly reported, because there’s no way this could be taken seriously.

    Two of these contestants were eliminated simply for not receiving enough votes, and the viewers didn’t even know they had arrest records.

    Chris Golightly was eliminated from the competition because he was under contract with a different record company, which was against the rules. He was a whiny attention whore too, so it doesn’t surprise me that he would go in on something like this.

    Corey Clark’s reputation is less than sterling to say the least, as he was the guy who claimed to have had an affair with Paula Abdul. Whether it is or isn’t true, it doesn’t reflect well on him, as far as I’m concerned.

    I think Akron Watson was kicked out for not reporting an arrest for marijuana possession or something. I think there was some controversy over it, but since it was so early in the process, most people didn’t know or care who he was.

    The Brittenum twins were thugs who got on everyone’s bad side in the audition and Hollywood processes. They were only there to create TV drama. They were never going to compete.

    Thomas Daniels was this super-cocky guy who flipped off the camera once they told him he wasn’t going to make it to the voting stages. Instead of accepting defeat, he went around talking about how he got robbed.

    I’m pretty sure the others never made it to the voting stage, so no one even knows who they are.

    As you can see, this thing is a complete joke. If this lawsuit goes anywhere, we truly are doomed.

  • Translation: “We was gonna get paid and we is gonna get paid”.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Remember that Obama wants to make felons a ‘protected class’ so that employers will be forced to hire them–this smells of that….foul.

    • dd121

      Correction, “black felons”.

  • WR_the_realist

    One of those guys (Chris Golightly) looks white to me. According to wikipedia, he was “… disqualified on February 15, 2010 for being in a recording contract at
    the time of his original audition. Golightly later provided documentation indicating that his recording
    contract was no longer binding at the time of his original audition,
    however, this was disputed by his management who claimed he signed a new
    2-year contract two months before his audition.”

    • IstvanIN

      He looks “off”, not quite white.

  • KenelmDigby

    The unfortunate fact is that a massive proportion of youn blacks will have criminal convictions.
    Also, a criminal past in a budding pop star is a very hard sell.

  • People who watch TV aren’t deliberately wicked or stupid; it is habit-forming and produces these effects upon them. We have a TV, but no cable service; we use the set only for watching movies on DVD or VHS. The last time I watched anything at all on TV was in April, at my mother’s house. At home in Colorado Springs, I haven’t watched TV since around 1993, so it has been about 20 years.

    I regard television users with the same pity, disgust and distrust that I save for heroin junkies.

    • WR_the_realist

      I haven’t owned a TV my entire adult life. I can play the occasional DVD on my computer. Television by its nature is inimical to education. Nobody ever learned biochemistry, quantum theory, or stochastic calculus by watching television. And those “historical dramas” they like to show you are always fake history. You have to read real books — from different authors, with different points of view — to learn real history.

      In the highly diverse town I used to live in the schools were nearly 100% black and Hispanic. My local polling place was the nearby elementary school. I remember going there to vote around noon. It was lunch time so the kids were eating in the cafeteria. There was a television blaring away in the cafeteria. When your students have to be pacified at school with a television there is no hope. Your school system is gone.

      • Instead of watching the “news”, my wife and I spar at kendo on the big lawn near the swimming pool when she comes home from work and the weather is nice; she uses an atarashii naginata. I try crowding her, and she frequently trips me with the butt.

        Once you eliminate television, you have time for things that matter, like flying radio-controlled pterosaurs with your daughter.

    • TheAntidote

      You’re really missing out. I have cable and I watch a comedy show called MSNBC. It’s a collection of freaks and geeks not seen since the tens-in-one were shut down by the government. Rachel Madcow is the bearded lady in residence; the reverend doctor Al Sharpton is like Oomboomba the fire eater; Lawrence O’Donnell is Lobster boy. They even have a show called ‘Bend Over (and grab your ankles)’. You’re missing out on a lot of comic relief.

      • WR_the_realist

        If I feel like getting of dose of virulent anti-white hatred I can just watch a few MSNBC videos on youtube.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Why would liberal television producers be concerned about criminal records? The contestants don’t have to be bonded. They won’t be working in a bank.

    • IstvanIN

      You may have a point. Violent crime might be a deal breaker, but others, maybe not.

    • It’s just an excuse. Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”) served more than two years for cocaine trafficking, but it didn’t hurt his acting career.

  • Defiant White

    Well, if they can prove this, then this crew and their (undoubtedly) jewish lawyers just invented another ghetto lottery.
    1) Get yourself arrested
    2) Sign up for something with any remaining shred of decency
    3) Anonymously mail them a copy of your arrest record
    4) Find a lawyer

    • Sounds like a good plan to me. I could probably do that and cash in on a “wrongful termination” lawsuit. I’d want to pick a major national corporation notorious for its support of left-wing causes, preferably an outfit that has settled out of court in the past.

  • evilsandmich

    According to their last batch of ratings, they aren’t.