America's Got Talent hasn't even aired yet and there's already a lawsuit against new host Tyra Banks


Not model behavior. A new lawsuit filed on behalf of a girl who appeared on the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent claims that Tyra Banks “humiliated” her on set and “physically manipulated and abused” her. The suit was filed against the production company behind the show. The girl is being referred to as “Mary Doe” in the suit and the woman who filed the suit (“Jane Doe”) is her mother, Deadline reports. The court papers claim that “Jane Doe” and her husband performed an original song they wrote about motherhood that celebrated “Mary Doe” and her birth. However, Banks, the judges and members of the audience disliked the song and their performance, Deadline reports. The suit goes on to claim that Banks, “an individual acting as an agent of Defendants, physically manipulated and verbally abused Mary. Banks shook Mary’s shoulder, pulled Mary’s hair back and physically manipulated Mary. … Mary did not stop Banks’ conduct because Mary was fearful. Banks also 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. After the performance, Banks asked Mary to describe, in front of active and filming cameras, her opinion about Jane and her husband after they were publicly ridiculed by AGT. … As a result of her negative experience from AGT and Defendants’ abusive treatment, Mary was traumatized and became deeply depressed.” A few weeks later, the plaintiffs requested that AGT not publish footage of their performance or their child’s reaction. The suit claims that they agreed not to feature “Mary” but plan to air the footage of the song which the plaintiffs believe will “further” her “emotional distress.” The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial and are claiming intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, civil battery and civil assault.



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