Tyra Banks & America’s Next Top Motel are being sued by former constant Angelea Preston for breach of contract.
Angelea, who appeared on Season 17 of The CW show, alleges she was wrongfully denied the show’s grand prize because of her background as an escort.
via The Wrap:
Preston is seeking at least $3 million dollars in a lawsuit that was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, which names both Banks and the network as defendants. The suit is alleging breach of contract and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The suit goes on to claim that Preston was entitled to the “ANTM” grand prize, which included a $100,000 CoverGirl cosmetics contract and a spread in Vogue Italia, but was disqualified for working as an escort prior to appearing on the reality show.
But according to the suit, her work as an escort didn’t break any of the show’s rules because it happened before she started working on the show. Regardless, the grand prize was awarded to another contestant, Lisa D’Amato.
The CW issued the following statement:
“As noted during the broadcast of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ finale in 2011, information about Angelea was learned after production wrapped on that cycle that led to her disqualification from the competition. We are confident that her lawsuit has no merit.”
Hmm…the show is now on Season 22. Why’d she wait so long to file suit? It sounds like Angelea is just looking for a check.