Gareth Cliff is suing M-Net for R25-million and wants his job back on the reality singing show after being abruptly fired after he waded into the race debate that exploded after Penny Sparrow's racist comments.
JOHANNESBURG - The lawyers of fired Idols judge Gareth Cliff on Monday filed an affidavit dismantling M-Net&39;s accusations, including the claim that he became poison for the show.
The two go to the high court in Johannesburg on Tuesday to argue for and against his reinstatement.
Tomorrow is D-day. See you in court— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) January 25, 2016
In his response, which contains 73 pages of rebuttals, Cliff dismisses M-Net&39;s affidavit as "grossly deficient", "embarrassing" and an "insult" to South Africans and the court.
Cliff is suing M-Net for R25-million for axing him unexpectedly in early January after he commented on the racist remarks of Durban estate agent Sparrow, setting off a barrage of criticism on social media.
M-Net has ignored his demand that it delay the start of auditions on Friday, 29 January, for the 12th season of Idols.
He is asking the court to order his reinstatement as a judge on the talent contest.
Cliff asserts in his replying affidavit that it had been confirmed before he was fired that he was on the 2016 judging panel.
He accuses the broadcaster of being unable to defend its actions.
He takes it a step further
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