Another former “American Idol” contestant is filing suit against the reality show. Jermaine Jones has linked up with others by adding his name to a lawsuit filed against the program. Plaintiffs are claiming “American Idol” is guilty of racial discrimination.
Jermaine Jones was disqualified from Season 11 of the show after it was discovered he had outstanding arrest warrants in New Jersey. Jones is one of 10 former contestants to sue “American Idol.”
In a statement to ABC News, Jones explained how he thought his humiliating public disqualification in March of 2012 was merely a part of the show. However, he stated he realized Equal Rights under the law should be looked at in this case.
While Jones initially did not want to join the lawsuit, the other plaintiffs in the case had pointed out how his disqualification showcased the show’s discrimination practice against black males. The lawsuit notes that 31 percent of all “American Idol” semi-finalists who were black and male ended up getting disqualified for various reasons outside of singing ability. The lawsuit claims producers of the show have partaken in racial discrimination of black male contestants.
The group is seeking $250 million from “American Idol.” FOX and the program’s producers have stated they do no discriminate against any contestants, noting 33 percent of the winners have been black or biracial.
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