Angelea Preston, who competed in Cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model before going on to win Cycle 17, has filed a lawsuit against Tyra Banks and The CW, among others.
In the suit, Preston claims that she never received her grand prize after winning the contest because she was disqualified for having been an escort. As a result, she’s suing for breach of oral agreement and breach of written contract. In addition to that, Preston is suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, claiming the show withheld medical treatment for at least 10 minutes during an anxiety attack in order to make for better television.
Finally, she’s suing for failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and unfair business practices, citing the working conditions for the contestants on the show.
Preston is suing for damages on all eight accounts. While the damages will be determined by trial, Preston believes she’s owed at least $3 million.
Although Banks’ reps did not respond for comment, The CW Network 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.”