Top model and television host, Tyra Banks, is being sued. A Georgia woman filed papers against Banks, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and the executive producers of Bank’s now ended five-year-old popular daytime show because her 15-year-old daughter was featured on a show about “Sex Addicts” without her consent.
The woman, Beverly McClendon, filed a $3 million lawsuit in an Atlanta federal court last week. In court documents pulled by Reuters, McClendon claims that in 2009, the “The Tyra Banks’ Show” called her daughter on her mobile phone after she responded to a request on the show’s website seeking people addicted to sex.
The suit claims that the girl was picked up from her Georgia residence in a limo and flown to New York City, where was she placed in a hotel, all without McClendon’s consent.
When McClendon couldn’t find her daughter, she filed a missing person’s report with local authorities. She says her daughter was paid for her appearance and argues the show’s producers unlawfully employed her under-aged daughter.
ABC News reached out to the show’s producers for comment. A spokesperson from Warner Bros. said, “The company is not commenting at this time.” Reps for Tyra Banks haven’t commented at all.
Long before the lawsuit, Banks interviewed with ABC’s “Nightline,” discussing the differences between her self-esteem driven daytime show, and her highly judgmental prime time show, “America’s Next Top Model.” The interview can be seen in full on ABC.com.