Tyra Banks is being sued by a former contestant from ‘America’s Next Top Model.’
Angelea Preston, who appeared on cycle 14 and cycle 17’s ‘All-Star’ season, is suing the model for a staggering $3 million amid claims that she was denied the top prize on the competition because she is a former escort.
As fans of the show may remember, the season finale of 2011’s cycle 17 was mysteriously re-shot, but Banks never offered an explanation for the change. Preston however isn’t going away quite so quietly.
The reality star reportedly filed a breach-of-contract suit in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday which names both Banks, who executive producers the show, and The CW Network. According to TMZ, the lawsuit claims that Preston is the rightful winner of cycle 17, and is therefore entitled to the competition show’s grand prize, including a $100,000 modelling contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a feature in Vogue magazine.
According to TMZ, after the original finale was filmed Preston came out victorious, but she was later phoned by a casting director from the show who probed her about her past. Preston then admitted her escort past, but is now allegedly claiming that because she was not an escort at the time of filming for or signing up for the show, she did not break the contract she signed when she decided to join the The CW reality competition.
Both Banks and The CW are yet to comment on the lawsuit.
‘America’s Next Top Model’s’ 22nd cycle is expected to air on The CW next year. It will continue with the boys vs. girls theme that the past two seasons have featured.
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