Tyra Banks Sued By “America’s Next Top Model” Finalist Angelea Preston: You Kicked Me Off Show For Being An Escort!
Tyra Banks has been sued by Angelea Preston, a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant who claims she was wrongly kicked off the show just because she used to work as an escort. Preston filed a breach-of-contract suit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, seeking $3 million from Banks, the show’s executive producer, and the CW network on which it airs.
According to Preston’s lawsuit, she won Cycle 17 of the competition show in 2011 and was entitled to prizes including a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a high-profile magazine fashion shoot. She alleges she was retroactively disqualified because she’d worked as a professional escort before competing on “America’s Next Top Model.”
At the time, “ANTM” judge Nigel Barker explained, “Our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition. It means we’re now going to do our final judging with the remaining two girls [Allison Harvard and eventual winner Lisa D’Amato], and in the interest of fairness, the producers and the network thought it best to evaluate Allison and Lisa on their own.”
Three years later, Preston is claiming the disqualifying bit of “information” was her history as an escort, and she says “America’s Next Top Model” had no right to deny her a victory based on that fact. Gossip Cop will have updates.