February 04, 2013 11:00 AM by Lisa Princ
American Idol was recently accused of racial discrimination, and many former contestants have come forward to stand up for the show, calling the claims bogus. In fact, even Jermaine Jones, whose disqualification last year was cited as a catalyst for the claims, is standing up for the show. What did Jones have to say about the claims?
We recently learned that attorney James H. Freeman is looking to sue Fox and American Idol on behalf of nine former contestants, after he claims that he did some digging last season after Jermaine Jones was booted from the show for outstanding warrants. Jones, however, was not included in the list of former contestants claiming racism, and he recently revealed that he is downright offended that his name was brought into the mess and he wants no part of it all.
Questioned by TMZ recently because his name was dragged into the whole racism mess, Jermaine Jones told the site: “I am offended they tried to paint me as a victim of discrimination. I appreciate the experience from ‘Idol’ and embraced the good and bad from it.” Jones also believes that he is being used for publicity by the former contestants, adding: “”I have moved on with my life and have not authorized them to include me in the accusations.”
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