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American Idol Tells Former Contestant To Dismiss Lawsit

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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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11 comments to “American Idol Tells Former Contestant To Dismiss Lawsit”

  1. 1

    This happened yesterday. Like so many of your stories, old news.`

  2. 2

    I hope he wins!

  3. 3

    If you look him up on YouTube you'll see he does a good job of "gaying it up" in real life, too.

  4. 4

    Really just not worth the fight, buddy…really just not worth it.

  5. 5

    I saw him on that show and he's the one that made a complete ass out of himself! He looked like an idiot!!!! Get over it!

  6. 6

    fuck those lawsits.

  7. 7

    If it was to go through the courts and be successful in his favour it could prove precedent setting. The fact is he is young and easily misled for the potential of making lots of money then this could be a win in his favour - the fact that he is pushing despite being told otherwiseh does show he is emotionally distraught and all the symptoms from that are tangilble (evidence). I'd say 50/50!

  8. 8

    Really, did the folks at So You Think You Can Dance tell him the same thing because he was quite "gayed up" there as well. Just look him up on you tube and you'll see that he is always "gayed up". The truth is that he is very obnoxious and maybe that is what is causing "lack of employment opportunities".

  9. 9

    i hope he wins and gets millions. although, $300 mill is a bit much.

  10. 10

    Isn't this the same idiot who auditioned for SYTYCD he was horrible on everything and is just seriously flamboyant. If your a dumb ass and do whatever ur told then bad shit happens to u. If he had any integrity he would have walked out. AI will crush him as their contracts tend to be air tight basically they can shit on you on camera and you must just slink away to obscurity hope he has fun paying their legal fees

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Walk away. If that's the contract, that's it.