Tyra Expected to Pay Up For Model Madness

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

5-Head and company are steady doing some damage control after this weekends ANTM audition fiasco:

An embattled Tyra Banks broke her silence Monday, vowing to give every girl affected by Saturday’s catwalk calamity another crack at a tryout. “We are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren’t seen get an opportunity to audition,” she said. “We’ll update you on our plans very soon,” the “America’s Next Top Model” host added. “It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream.”

Banks’ attempt at redemption came two days after a casting call for women under 5-foot-7 – models are usually taller – was cut short by a panic-induced riot, which sent six girls to the hospital. One of them was Amanda Almeida, who gathered with thousands of other girls along W. 55th St. for the tryout. When the ruckus started, Almeida was pushed onto a police barricade, which fell over, and four girls fell on top of her.

“I’m really hurting,” the 18-year-old said.”My whole leg and back and hip are all bruised and cut. It makes me feel a little better that I’ll have another chance, but honestly I’m scared to go back,” the traumatized Plainfield, N.J., teen told the Daily News. Police rushed over to the bloodied beauty and her mother after she fell and called an ambulance for help. Almeida spent several hours at Roosevelt Hospital getting X-rayed and examined.

“I thought my daughter was going to get killed,” said Amanda’s spooked mother, Karen Almeida, who’s now stuck with a pile of hospital bills. “I want Tyra and the show to help with the bills,” she said. “It was terrible and they should have been better prepared.” Another hopeful, Dehea Abraham, flew to New York from Georgia for the audition.

“I spent $240 on the flight and $184 per night for the hotel, and it only took a matter of seconds for my dream to slip away from me,” she said through tears. “It’s nice for girls in New York to get another chance, but for the people who already spent the money to fly there, it’s not like I can afford to do it again,” she said.

Banks kept yesterday’s statement upbeat – and didn’t apologize for what cops and Mayor Bloomberg said was an event that demanded more security. “I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose. I’m rooting for all of you!” the supermodel turned mogul declared.

These skinny heffah’s and their stage moms sound like they are sharpening their claws for a nice little lawsuit. Tyra best get out them settlement checks post haste. Trife.


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  • Lady Architect

    It was crazy what happened that day, but you really can’t blame that on Tyra…The city should’ve had more cops and truthfully they went at their own discretion. On top of that who takes a flight to nyc from plainfield nj? That has me a bit puzzled.

  • obamarama09

    y would those ppl fake a bomb attack that’s just wrong u dont do stuff lik that anyways im glad that they caught the ppl that did it!!!!!!!

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!


  • ~*~IslandNik~*~

    I agree with you Lady Architech

  • Mocha

    goodmorning all! What would u like for breakfest?

  • pm

    Trya ann’t payin shit..she keep a team of jewish lawyers at the ready.

  • jb_1030 (Dreams she is Amber Rose so she can wear those shoes)

    Who cares, half them girls know they were too ugly to be there.

  • Just Sit and Be Pretty

    Not to be mean, but a large percentage of those girls could have stayed home and saved themselves the trouble…nuff said.

  • Just Sit and Be Pretty

    LOL @jb…just saw your comment and I concur.:-)

  • Ermy Erm is Disillusioned with Society

    The city should’ve had more cops and truthfully they went at their own discretion
    I agree

    i dont see how ppl are blamin Tyra for any of this. Thats crazy.

  • c from stl

    Yeah these chicks will definitely be looking for a payout, so she better pay them or get ready for a lawsuit…because it’s definitely coming…

  • Luv-Lee

    I heard someone say that girls were peeing on themselves on line because no one wanted to get off since police wouldnt let them get back to their spot.

  • c from stl


    I heard someone say that girls were peeing on themselves on line because no one wanted to get off since police wouldnt let them get back to their spot.


    ok, is it really that serious? Good grief, Tyra is making too much money off these desperate chicks. To the women: nothing is worth losing your dignity over…

  • Whatever

    The whole situation was unsafe. Both Tyra & NYC should be responsible for some type of order…this reality show stuff is crazy.

  • PYT

    The person(s) who yelled “fire” and “bomb” should be charged with in sighting a riot!

  • De'Vincent

    You Better Be Careful HOW YOU TREAT PEOPLE!!!

    [Revamp from Dec.1]

    I was talking with a friend yesterday and he and I discussed the value of friendship. Real friends are so, so hard to find these days. The Bible is really fulfililng itself when it said that love of many in the later times would wax cold. We are seeing that now. People can tell you one thing with their mouths but to demonstrate what you speak in action is the challenge that many people face.

    All a man is his word. If you don’t have word, you are absoulely a nobody! Nobody consumes their time continually with liars or people who are fickle with their word. Why is this? They don’t acknowledge or respect the value that God has given you. Many of us are like this. We treat the people in our lives who love us the most with so much disrespect. We distance ourselves from them, shun their phone calls, their friendship, their love, witholding ourselves from them not realizing that God may have put that person in your life for a reason and for a season to take you to the next area in your life.

    God uses people to take you higher. Do you not know that if you walk with God, it is essential to form bonds and relationships with people. Now don’t get it twisted. I’m not saying to form bonds and close friendships with everyone; surely, that is NOT the will of God. However, there are people who have the closer walk with God, the love, the support, the motivation, the push, the inspiration that you may need to be deposited in your life during your life’s most difficult moments. But how can you receive that love, that support, that motivation if you keep rejecting it? God demonstrates His love a lot of times through others.

    BE VERY careful how you treat people. Be careful not take those for granted God has placed in your life for a special time. Be careful not to ignore the ones who are reaching out to love you the most. For the time when you just may need it the most, the season for it may have soon passed away.

    1 Cor 13:4-7: “4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”

    -gregg p.-

  • Josianne

    I can’t understand why Tyra is getting blamed for this. It is very big of her to take out her checks though. She’s being doing this show for like 10 yrs and it’s never happened but now all of a sudden it happens and it’s her fault? Whatever SMH.


  • zeek

    you moron, it said ANOTHER flew from georgia to new york, not plainfield

  • wifey06

    she should have knwon better though, being cheap this is when stuff like this happens.

    Have you ever heard anything like this for American Idol? NO.

    Maybe if her dumbb azz had been more concerned with this instead of all the ri-ri, this could have been avoided… hypocrit. no how many girls have bruises?

  • lilith82

    I don’t think Tyra should have to pay for that..from what i heard it was a car backfiring that made people think there was a bomb and that’s when all hell broke loose. I think the first chic the article mentioned is just trying to get some money off of this.

  • jazziphile

    This was a private event sponsored by Tyra. Since it was a private event, shouldn’t Tyra be responsible for security?

    If you gave a party and it got out of control and someone got hurt or injured, the City of New York is not responsible, right…?

    Tyra got to pay!

  • t-5

    all you dumbass haters need to back off my girl,tyra.did tyra force the girls who flew in from different states to go??NO.did tyra start the trampling??NO.was tyra involved with the pushing of the girls or injuries??NO.tyra didn’t tell these mad heffas to break loose and go crazy.the people who started it and got arrested are the ones responisible.that’s why they were arrested.you’d think that a bunch of fools like yall could put the peices together.tyra doesn’t owe them shit.

  • janb

    I’m sorry, what does this have to do with “hating” on Tyra. Obviously she and her people should have had better security measures in place. She wants to get paid off of these girls trials and tribulations for her show. The least they could do is take care of busuiness with regaurds to security. She knows the business she’s in so she damn well knows there are gonna be lawsuits.

  • Roe ski Love - The checks in the mail

    If you exploit people in order for you to get yours you deserve to get what’s coming. On all cattle calls there is a chance that the response will be great, therefore you should provide ample security to protect against any mishaps that might occur. She will be sued by the people who got hurt during the ruckus.

  • barb

    “short people aint got no reason…”
    -randy newman

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