The contestants say they were unfairly painted as criminals and sexual deviants – despite that none was ever charged with a crime for which they were arrested, according to the report. What's more – they say only blacks were targeted with the smear campaign.
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Plaintiffs are Jaered Andrews (Season 2); Terrel and Derrell Brittenum (Season 5); Corey Clark(Season 2, pictured); Thomas Daniels (Season 6); Chris Golightly (Season 9); Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8); Jacob John Smalley (Season 2); Akron Watson (Season 6) and Donnie Williams (Season 3).
Fox and "Idol" producers FremantleMedia had no comment on the lawsuit when contacted by TheWrap.
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Each is suing for $25 million, and the group wants "American Idol" to implement a system to stop the behavior, TMZ reported.