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11 Dec 2014

Sued by former contestant on America’s Next Top Model

Model-turned-TV personality Tyra Banks has been hit with a lawsuit from a former America’s Next Top Model contestant, accusing the host of a breach of contract.

Angelea Preston vied for the coveted title in the 17th season of the competition, but just as she reached the top three, she was disqualified from the contest after producers discovered her background as an escort.

On Wednesday, three years after being eliminated from the competition, Preston filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court, naming both Banks and US network The CW in the documents and claiming a breach of contract and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

In the documents, obtained by, Preston claims her past did not break any of the show's rules since she held the position prior to entering the competition, and therefore she is entitled to the grand prize, which included a $100,000 (Dhs365,000) CoverGirl cosmetics contract and a spread in Vogue Italia. Co-star Lisa D'Amato was subsequently named America's Next Top Model.

Preston also alleges that the contestants were subjected to horrible working conditions, including being on set for 12 hours straight without a break for food.

She is seeking at least $3 million (Dhs6.6 million) in compensation.

Neither Banks nor a spokesperson for The CW have responded.