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According to TMZ, various contestants from different American Idol seasons; 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) are accusing the shows 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.

Says the attorney for the contestants’,

“The show used the arrest info to make my 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.”

The lawyer also claims only black contestants were ever probed about their alleged criminal pasts while white contestants were not investigated at all.

The guys feel their lives have been ruined by the show’s racist portrayals and are suing for discrimination and other alleged misdeeds.  They also want Idol to adopt new anti-racism regulations.

A rep for FOX had no comment for TMZ.

We don’t know if this is about race or sour grapes so we’ll let you be the judge! What do you think? Were the contestants treated differently because they were black? Take our poll and have your say!

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