American Idol is at the centre of a racism row after nine black former contestants claimed that they
were all forced off the show as part of a racist plan to boost ratings.
The singers, from various seasons, are preparing to take legal action against the hit talent show
which they say “permanently and severely impaired” their personal and professional lives.
Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, brothers Terrell Brittenum and Derrell Brittenum,
Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju’Not Joyner and Chris Golightly insisted that they were
targeted by producers of the Fox show who set out to humiliate them by making them audition
and then disqualifying them due to their criminal records.
New York attorney James Freeman, has submitted a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission seeking permission to sue producers behind the hit talent show on behalf of his
Freeman claims that after Jermaine Jones was axed in 2012 in relation to outstanding warrants for his
arrest, he investigated the show and discovered that producers had only ever publicly disqualified
nine people, and they were all black.
In the document, which has been obtained by editors at Tmz.com, Freeman states American Idol
violated California employment laws which ban bosses from asking potential employees about their
arrest history, as the men were essentially seeking employment.