After appearing on American Idol in 2014, Michael Simeon Smith was hoping to carve out a successful singing career before an unfortunate accident shattered his dreams.
In a new lawsuit against the show and its producers, the contestant – on the 14th season of the show – is alleging he suffered major ear damage when a bizarre onset accident pulled out part of his eardrum.
Smith is said to be suing show producers over the incident that took place while he was getting ready to perform for the judges on a 12 December 2014 taping of the programme, Variety reports.
The accident happened as Smith was being fitted for an earpiece, which involved silicone moulding material being inserted into his right ear by an audiologist's representative.
The lawsuit goes on to state: "When the audiologist's representative pulled it out, a portion of his eardrum was removed. He was then moved to another room for several hours, as blood came out of his ear.
"Plaintiff has sought medical treatment for his injuries, including right tympanoplasty. Plaintiff has been unable to perform music at the same level as prior to the incident, due to the absence of much of his eardrum," it continued.
Smith's claims include negligence and liability, and the lawsuit is seeking unspecific damages. Fox Broadcasting Co is namesd as a defendant alongside other production companies behind the show and the audiologist's rep.
IBTimes UK has reached out to American Idol for comment.