We wouldn't mess with the powerhouse that is American Idol, however former contestant Ian Benardo is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit that could cost him millions.
Benardo is suing the Fox reality show, claiming the show "exploited" his sexual orientation. He says that producers asked him to be "outrageous" and to "gay it up" so now he's suing for $300 million, claiming he suffered from emotional injuries and loss of employment opportunities.
Idol lawyers are fighting back though, saying that Benardo signed an agreement that prevents him from suing the show. In the agreement, it states:
"I [Benardo] further understand that my appearance, depiction and/or portrayal in the Program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing, or of an otherwise unfavorable nature which may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation."
Furthermore, if Benardo continues with the lawsuit and loses, he will be responsible to pay all their legal fees. That alone could be in the millions.
Benardo is refusing to back down though, saying, "I will see them in court. They want me to be quiet about this and I’m not going to back down just because they are a major tv show."
Well, we respect your tenacity, buddy, but honestly, things aren't looking good for you.
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