Former American Idol Contestant Ian Benardo Sues American Idol In Anti-Gay Lawsuit Claiming "Discriminatory Intimidation, Ridicule, and Insults" (Video)

Ian Benardo, a former American Idol contestant filed yesterday a 300 Million Dollar lawsuit against American Idol with the NY State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — Benardo claims Dane Cook personally threatened him after the 2010 live show … and one of the show’s producers told Benardo that Dane wanted to “shove this mic up your ass but you would like it.”

Benardo claims when he was invited back for the 2010 finale, producers gave him similar instructions … asking him to be “outrageous” and “gay” — and that’s why he pulled the mic-stealing stunt with Dane and the the problems go back to 2006 when he first auditioned for the show — when producers “exploited … my sexual orientation” by instructing Benardo to “gay it up.”

Access Atlanta reports that: “He (Bernardo) said employees of ‘Idol’ derided him for his appearance using words like ‘fag’ and ‘homo.’ ‘The workplace,’ he said, ‘was permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, insults and hostile and offensive comments that were so severe as to alter my working conditions and create an environment that was abusive and ultimately threatening to my safety.’

Love him hate him it, thats up to you..  BUT if any of this is true nobody shoiuld be treated like that.

Wolf out.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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