A former Britain’s Got Talent hopeful who blamed her poor audition on health problems has said she blames Simon Cowell for her public humiliation.
Emma Czikai, who wants to sue Cowell and the show for discrimination, told a pre-hearing review in Central London that the mogul should not have allowed her audition to be broadcast after she told him of her difficulties.
The hearing will determine whether or not a full employment tribunal can go ahead against Cowell and the show.
Emma said that he was “culpable” for allowing the clip to be broadcast even after she wrote to him explaining her health problems and how they affected her performance.
The 54-year-old would-be singer suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition which causes painful swelling all over the body and extreme tiredness, as well as spondylosis in her neck.
She added that Fremantle Media, who produces the show, and Cowell’s company Simco, did not do enough to support her in spite of her disabilities.
Fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden was also named as a respondent in Emma’s claim after she made negative comments during the auditions but she admitted that aspect of the case was “weak”.
She is reportedly planning to sue for £2.5m and has said any money would go to charity.
However Thomas Linden QC, representing Cowell, Holden and Simco called for the case to be dismissed.
He said it did not fit the requirements of the Disability Discrimination act as the show was a talent contest, not a recruitment exercise.