LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant is suing Tyra Banks for $3 million, saying she was improperly denied a top prize because she used to be an escort.
City News Service says Angelea Preston filed the breach-of-contract suit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
It names Banks, who is the show’s executive producer, and The CW network.
The lawsuit says Preston won the show’s Cycle 17 in 2011 and was entitled to a package that included a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a magazine fashion spread.
Preston says she was wrongly disqualified because she had worked as an escort before taking part in the show.
Messages to an attorney and a manager for Banks weren’t immediately returned.