'Got Talent' contestant sues Cowell for $3.8 million

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'Got Talent' contestant sues Cowell for $3.8 million

Thu Jul 22, 2010 @ 01:05PM PST

By Stuart Kemp

Cowell,simon The world's favorite nasty judge has been sued for £2.5 million ($3.8 million) by a former contestant on the U.K. version of his "Got Talent" show, according to British press reports.

Cowell and his show are being sued by contestant Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, who appeared in an edition of "Britain's Got Talent" broadcast by ITV1 in May 2009. She claims she was humiliated and degraded on the show.

Czikai first lodged her complaint of unfairness and discrimination with the employment tribunal in January, the Guardian newspaper revealed.

The tribunal action emerged in the press following a pre-trial review at the central London tribunal court yesterday. Czikai, representing herself, accused the show and its judges of "exploitation, humiliation, degradation and barbarism." She also claimed the show was guilty of disability discrimination because it had not made adjustments for her, such as lowering the level of backing music and microphone levels.

Czikai said: "This program makes a select number of rich people very, very rich on the backs of the ordinary man and woman in the street through exploitation, humiliation, degradation and a re-emergence of modern-day barbarism with all its inherent cruelty."

The one-time nurse reportedly told the tribunal she suffers from cervical spine neuritis, which can cause head and shoulder pain, which in turn caused her singing to suffer. At the pre-trial review, which will decide if a full hearing will go ahead, she was seeking £300,000 for injured feelings, compensation of £1 million and loss of earnings of £1.25 million. She said if she was awarded any money it would go to charity.

Czikai has previously lodged a complaint with the media regulator Ofcom that she was unfairly treated on the show. The complaint was rejected.

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