The CW and “America’s Next Top Model” host Tyra Banks are facing a lawsuit from a disqualified contestant on the show’s 17th season, reports TheWrap.com.
The former contestant, Angelea Preston, alleges she was wrongfully denied the show’s grand prize because she was disqualified for working as an escort before she appeared on the show.
The lawsuit claims her background as an escort didn’t break any of the program’s rules, since it took place before she started on the show. The 17th season’s grand prize was won by Lisa D’Amato.
The lawsuit also alleges that contestants were subjected to poor work conditions, such as working 12 hours a day without a meal break.
The CW told TheWrap in a 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.”