American Idol Told Contestant to "Gay It Up!"

That's what Ian Benardo says in his lawsuit against the show, also claiming producers called him "fag" and "homo," one threatening to "shove this mic up your ass."

Reports Ad Week, the American Idol lawyer responds by saying the remarks never happened!

And if they did, they're OK! (How's that for legal double talk?)

Mr. lawyer said they were simply a "few sporadic verbal spurs...spread out over the course of four years."

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If they happened.

And besides, he insists that saying "Gay it up" is an act of acceptance of encouragement."

Is it what they tell Seacrest?

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