American Idol might be the least racist show on the planet...but good luck telling that to the nine former contestants who are suing the show over allegedly racist treament.
New York attorney James Freeman has submitted a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asking permission to sue the show and Fox on behalf of his clients: Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (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).
When Jermaine Jones was booted from Idol last March for failing to disclose multiple warrants out for his arrest, Freeman claims he did some research and realized all 10 contestants who have been kicked off the show are black, according to TMZ. He also said none of the contestants disqualified due to their criminal backgrounds were actually convicted of their crimes and the show has "NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in the history of the eleven season production."
The lawyer also took exception to the background check portion of auditions, when contestants are asked if they've ever been arrested, because Freeman claims asking this is a violation of California employment law. The letter also claims that Idol has engaged in a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit black contestants for ratings and made his clients appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants."