Simon Cowell Sued for Being Mean

The Britain's Got Talent judge is being sued for what he does best: delivering harsh (but hilarious) criticism to contestants

Simon Cowell was nasty to an aspiring singer during an audition for a reality show? Get out of here!

Obviously, we're not really shocked that the man known for his brutal honesty has offended yet another contestant. Britain's Got Talent hopeful Emma Czikai wasn't too pleased with the judge's harsh words after she allegedly butchered a version of Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up." But she isn't taking the harsh critique lying down. Instead, she is suing Cowell and the show for $3.8 million.

"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," Czikai claimed in paperwork filed Thursday in London.

But, in reality, Cowell wasn't even close to as cold as we've seen him be on American Idol.

"With all due respect, Emma, it is a beautiful song when you're not singing it," Cowell told her, of her audition last year. "And I think I speak on behalf of everyone, you have got a horrible singing voice."

That's almost like a love letter from the man who usually pulls no punches. But Czikai says in her complaint that she wrote to Cowell after her disastrous audition, during which she blamed a variety of other factors other than her voice, and explained that she suffered from a condition that causes head and shoulder pain that sometimes affects her singing. And yet Britain's Got Talent still insisted on putting her on the air.

Czikai says that any money she receives as a result of the lawsuit will go to charity.

Do you think Emma Czikai has a valid argument against Simon Cowell? Chime in below!

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