Listen, we’ve seen Tyra Banks get agro with people – let us never forget when she screamed at an America’s Next Top Model contestant for not giving 100% effort. But is the star capable of verbally abusing a child?
A woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles earlier this week against the new America’s Got Talent host claiming the model “physically manipulated and verbally abused” her daughter.
According to the suit, Jane, her husband and daughter, identified as Mary, were flown to Los Angeles in March to tape for America’s Got Talent. But things turned ugly when the young girl and her family were allegedly put on blast by Tyra.
Jane and her husband claim they sang a song that was an emotional tribute to motherhood and that “celebrated Mary’s birth and the family bond among the members of her family.”
Unfortunately, the song they thought was hit turned out to be a bust, and Banks made it very clear while the young daughter watched in humiliation.
Per the documents, Banks “insinuated that Mary was accidentally conceived, made fun of the performance and ridiculed [the song] in front of Mary, all in front of active cameras that were filming Mary.”
The 18-page suit also states that Banks shook Mary’s shoulder, pulled Mary’s hair back and physically manipulated her.
“Mary was traumatized and became deeply depressed,” the suit claims. “Mary would become extremely nervous and anxious whenever, among other triggering events, she hears any mentions of [the] song and [the] song itself, whenever she ruminates about the events during or related to the performance, and whenever she thinks about the prospective televised airing or use online of Jane and her husband, their performance, as well as the airing and use online of any footages of Mary.”
The family is accusing Banks of assault and is going after the star for infliction of emotional distress.
The production company, meanwhile, has no intention on airing footage of the child from the audition.
Tyra has not responded to the suit, but on Tuesday, she did take to Instagram to promote the debut of the hit NBC show.
7 Most Jaw-Dropping Celeb Maternity Shoots
There’s nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman. There’s no debate … fight us. When a woman is carrying life in her womb she exudes beauty, grace and, of course, that pregnancy glow. But these celebrities took “pregnancy glow” to a whole ‘other level! Check out these stunning maternity shoots that left us with our jaws on the floor.
Toya Wright just released the photos from her maternity shoot and they are absolutely stunning. No matter how you feel about pregnancy nudity (seriously, if you’re against it you’re lame) you have to admit that this is tasteful and beautiful. Wright is expecting her second daughter Reign later this year.
And speaking of Toya, her bestie Tameka “Tiny” Harris also bared her body in a beautiful maternity photo shoot. When pregnant with her youngest daughter, Heiress Harris, Tiny got super creative with her look and went for an underwater theme that resulted in some gorgeous pics.
It was a family affair for Ciara who posed with her son Future, and husband Russell Wilson, in her maternity pic. This photo got everyone on the internet talking … was it weird? Beautiful? Awkward? We’ll let you decided. But, you have to admit, it definitely caught your attention. Ci Ci gave birth to her daughter Sienna almost a year ago … but we have yet to see her face.
The GOAT shared her glow with Vanity Fair and shut. it. down! Serena Williams gave us all the side-bump envy with her beautifully natural maternity shoot for the mag. The tennis phenom welcomed her baby girl, Alexis Olympia, on September 1st of last year.
Teyana Taylor is body goals and when she was pregnant with baby Junie she was definitely baby bump goals, too. Just look at this photo! Taylor and her hubby, NBA star Iman Shumpert, decided to highlight not only her beauty, but his strength in this photo shoot and the result was stunning.
Now, y’all already knew the Kels was going to slay her maternity shoot, and slay she did! Kelly Rowland gave us not one, but two awe-inspiring preggo pics that show why her nickname is the Godvia goddess. Get into that glow! Baby Titan did a body good.
And lest we forget Rowland’s homegirl, Beyonce! She did not come to play with you h*es, #FormationVoice. A bouquet of flowers, a bare belly and a veil over her face … many said the photo was over-the-top, but it’s ‘Yonce — what did you expect?! Queen Bey’s announcement of the impending arrival of twins, Rumi and Sir, was downright regal and quite different from how she announced baby Blue Ivy (the MTV mic drop heard round the world.)
Who was your fave? Or do you think we forgot someone? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!
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