Simon Cowell sued by BGT reject
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 July 2010
Simon Cowell is being sued by a former 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant who claims the show did not ''meet the needs'' of her disability
Simon Cowell is being sued by a 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant.
Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai claims she was "humiliated and degraded" on the talent show in 2009 - where she sang Westlife hit 'You Raise Me Up', and was quickly sent off the stage by Simon and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan - and is attempting to have her case heard by an employment tribunal.
Speaking at a hearing in London yesterday (21.07.10), Emma said: "I haven't got a horrible singing voice when I sing in a fair environment that meets the needs of my particular disabilities as I proved when I performed live on 'Britain's Got More Talent'. "This programme 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."
At the pre-tribunal review Emma revealed she was seeking £300,000 for injured feelings, compensation of £1 million and loss of earnings of £1.25 million.
Thomas Linden QC, representing Simon's TV production company Simco Ltd., opposed the case getting a full hearing as he claimed 'Britain's Got Talent' was not an employer and the crew on the show had no idea she suffered from fibromyalgia - a disease supposed to cause pain and fatigue, which is not recognised by some doctors.
The hearing continues.