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Tyra Sued By Mother Of Teen "Sex Addict!"

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tyra banks and warner brothers sued by mother of teen sex addict featured on the show without consent

You know the drill - talk shows are about two things: medical issues, sex, and sexual medical issues.

On Tyra Banks' show, an epsiode tackeled the shocking topic of teens being "sex addicts" and featured a young, 15-year-old who self-proclaimed herself to be one. Her momma ain't too happy about that.

Beverly McClendon, the mother of this child, filed a complaint in an Atlanta federal court last week, suing Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tyra Banks and executive producers of her talk show for $3 million for featuring her child on television without consent. She alleges that having her child on the show was a dangerous and not gaining her permission to do so was "negligent."

In her suit, Beverly charges that the show put out an open casting call for "sex addicts" on their website and chose her daughter due to her age. She was invited to be a guest in November, was flown out to New York and accommodated in hotel and then, paid for her appearance on the show. All of this, without ever consulting the mother.

The complaint states that Beverly was appalled to see her child on a show that is "undoubtedly watched by sexual deviants, perverts and pedophiles alike." Likewise, she charges that none of what they did was legal, from inviting her on the show to having her appear on TV because they never had her written consent form her or the Commissioner of Labor in Georgia.

Beverly is now asking for an injunction against "further distribution of her child's TV appearance", along with the $3 million dollars.

It's hard to believe that these producers would be so naive to go through with hiring a child without going through the appropriate channels. Seems so unlikely! She has a great case though, if it's true.

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49 comments to “Tyra Sued By Mother Of Teen "Sex Addict!"”



  1. 1

    where did her mother think she was while she was travelling and filming this? i actually think wrong for them to broadcast something so sensitive about a child no matter whose permissions they had. unless they pixellated her face and gave her a fake name theyr putting her in danger of exploitation and being targeted by peadophiles.



  2. 2

    Unless the child forged her mothers signature and if that is proved, well ….. that's a good thing for the Tyra show.



  3. 3

    Where was this mother when the child was flying all over and doing shows?
    Where did the mother think she was if she obviously wasn't with her? Didn't
    she notice her daughter wasn't around for a few days?



  4. 4

    Why would they allow a minor on their show (especially given the content) without a parent's permission. I have a feeling that the daughter may have done a whole lotta lying and deceiving for this to have happened.



  5. 5

    I wonder how this mother will prove $3 million in damages….she just want to profit big time from this unfortunate incident. Like Oprah, Tyra will probably offer her a five figure settlement to make it go away and the mother will probably take it…it's easy money.



  6. 6

    poor tyra she rocks!



  7. 7

    I smell a rat.
    Her daughter wasn't around for days on end if she needed a hotel, and apparently she wasn't concerned for her, and now she wants money? Instead of money, she needs to get a visit from CPS because she's clearly neglecting her daughter.



  8. 8

    Wouldn't that be 3 things?



  9. 9

    It's even harder to believe that a 15-year-old could receive a ticket, get herself to the airport, be gone for a period of days, check into a hotel, go to restaurants, check out, fly home and not have her parents know anything. Mama sounds like a real tool.



  10. 10

    Where was her mother when she was traveling and at the show??? Maybe someone should sue her for neglect if she allows her child to leave for days and has no idea where she is-and if she did know where her child was….then her case is out the window, because allowing her to go IS consent!!



  11. 11

    This sounds like Bull. Unless the airline was also negligent in letting a minor fly without parental permission this isn't the fault of the show. Maybe it's the mom's fault… I mean how do you NOT know where your kid is during all of this? Might we be embarrassed our slutty kid came forward and now the world knows that Mommy's the negligent one?



  12. 12

    This is just another poor excuse for a mother! Unbelieveable! How in the world does your child get on a plane check into a hotel and be gone several days without you knowing? I mean get real lady! She just is a looser momma trying to cash in! Makes me sick! I think CPS needs to give this momma a visit!



  13. 13

    This all seems highly unlikely considering the fact that a 15 year old can't even get past airport security without a parent.



  14. 14

    Guys, it doesn't matter if the mother did not notice her child gone for a few days. The mother might even be the worst mother in the world, and the child might even had lied to pull it off. All she has to prove is Tyra did not get parental consent, and the tyra's show is liable.



  15. 15

    I smell a Rat (the Mother)! With all of the laws that protect Minors there is no way in hell this Mother wasn't aware that her Daughter was going to be on that show without her consent. If not, why isn't she being charged w/ child endangerment for not having a clue her daughter was doing this??

    It was very distasteful and a Girl of that age should not of been allowed on that show as how can one process the magnitude of what they are being subjected/labeled as at that age??

    I feel the Mother was embarassed at the backlash this has caused probably from Relatives, Media or even CPS investigation.

    Shame on both Tyra show & the Mother and I hope this poor girl receives the proper counseling and regains her Self-Esteem.



  16. 16

    Shouldn't the mother be more concerned over her daughter proclaiming herself to be a "sex addict"?



  17. 17

    ..What kind of mother is she then? Did she not notice her daughter had gone to New York.. was she not probably missing for a few days? I donno, regardless to her parenting skills if all of this is true and they didn't get permission from the girl's mother then this woman has a pretty good case. The production company should be held 100% responsible because not only did they not get permission they endangered a minors life by allowing her to travel unattended. I wonder if she even had an adult accompanying her on this trip.



  18. 18

    See, I don't think it's possible for a kid to FLY to NYC for a week without someone knowing something was up. Bogus!



  19. 19

    I'm sure Tyra and her staff were smart enough to get parental consent. We will see….



  20. 20

    Also, can I add. How long has Isn't Tyra's show off the air? How long ago was this show? Why did the mother take so long to come forward? Something ain't right about this story….



  21. 21

    Jeez people, kids lie. "I'm going to stay with my friend" - call every night. That sort of thing. You guys are being too harsh on the mom.



  22. 22

    The word is tackled not tackeled.

  23. Jeej says – reply to this


    23

    None of this makes sense. First off, nobody can appear on TV like that without a signed contract. Secondly, Tyra is a freak when it comes to contracts so I don't see her not asking the parent(s) in such a situation. Third, how could the mother not know her kid wasn't there until she saw it on tv? Fourth, if she says that show attracts pedobears and perverts, what is she doing watching it? My conclusion, she told her daughter to sign up for it. She's just playing dumb to collect the money. God, I hate people. They would do anything to collect a quick buck.



  24. 24

    Somebody shoot her with a gallon of Botox, please.



  25. 25

    HOW THE HECK DID A 15 YEAR OLD DO ALL THAT WITHOUT A PARENT …. HOW DO YOU FLY WITH OUT A PARENT … ? CHECK INTO A HOTEL ? … WHERE DID THE MOTHER THINK HER 15 YEAR OLD WAS … THATS NEGELGENT …!!!!



  26. 26

    No wonder her daughter's a "sex addict" and is having problems. Mom's paying her NO attention. How can she not know that her daughter must have been missing at least a week. And what's even sadder is that she's pointing fingers at others, and trying to cash in on it. Sad….



  27. 27

    i can't even get through one paragraph. Your GRAMMAR is HORRIBLE perez..check it sometimes..geez



  28. 28

    Re: glamourextra – lol right? It's not Tyra's fought the child could have forged her signature. The producures are smart enough to not have a minor first travel by herself, and two.. not have some kind of parental permision



  29. 29

    Something is amiss here. No way a 15 year old could pull off all that. Well maybe. But, I still say it stinks!



  30. 30

    you are all surprised that the mother didn't notice the girl missing for a few days!!?!???!
    Hello, her daughter is a wh0*Re who probably goes missing on sexcapades days at a time! Being away is nothing new!!!



  31. 31

    I doubt she'll lose.

    Tyra can affort the best of the best lawyers. What can this mother do about it?

    I saw that episode, and you know what? I didn't find anything bad about it. Tyra was revealing how BAD this is and how serious and real. When I watch these kind of shows, it makes me want to stay away from it.

    So Tyra was doing this all for good anyways.



  32. 32

    I wonder if the aunt, grandma or dad consented, but the mom didn't. Like the mom doesn't have custody and the child actually stays with someone else. So the parental guardian consented, but the mom didn't. That would be a good reason for the show to have someone else's consent and it would be a good reason why she wouldn't know her daughter went out of town. It would also make the mom's case null and void. Will wait and see.



  33. 33

    I made a name just so I could comment on this ridiculousness. How did the mother not notice that her daughter went to New York, especially when she had enough time to stay there AND be on a nationally syndicated talk show? I call bullshit, crazy bitch probably did this on purpose with the intentions to do exactly this. The girl probably isn't even 15, and how would her mother know that they put out a casting call for the show? If the show had already aired, and I assume that that's the only way she would have found out about it if the girl had gone on there without her consent, the casting call page probably would have been gone by the time she went to look for it. People are so damn stupid, always trying to make a buck off someone else.



  34. 34

    Re: For Every Sprinkle I Find… – - I was wondering the same thing. Like others who've posted, I find it hard to believe that this child would make it past all of the checkpoints (airport, restaurants, hotel, and even the show itself) w/o someone consenting for her. It just doesn't add up. I feel like there's more to this story than we know and that someone else did consent for the child. I just can't believe that everyone who is involved in the process of the show would let a child on w/o dotting their I's and crossing their T's first, especially when it comes to sexual topics…



  35. 35

    well in that case should the state also take place and take her child away from her. a mother is supposed to protect their babys so where was the mother when all of this was supposedly happening. i think it was stupid of them to even film something like this i saw the show and it looked stupid not worth watching.



  36. 36

    Her child's exposed addiction cost 3 million? I mean really? That makes you feel better? Dang people do anything for money!



  37. 37

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  38. 38

    Didn't see the show. Was the girl shown or was she fuzzed out and kept anonymous? I think they shouldn't have shown her face. She's not an adult and it's too sensitive an issue for her to be nationally exposed and with the internet, this stuff can last forever. Once she's on air, the cat's out of the bag and unlikely it will disappear. What about the kid who killed himself after his sex tape was online? This is a world gone mad. BTW - it would not be a pedophile (prepubescent…under 13 approx), but an ephebophile (post-pubescent) who'd be interested in this girl. Still inappropriate and wrong but there is a difference. And yeah, where was her mother/parents in all this? And if the show screwed up…whoa boy! But it does seem like you'd question the mother who'd let her kid disappear for a few days and not have called the police, etc. looking for her.



  39. 39

    At 14 I lived on my own! AND IF my mother had been there I would have said I was staying w/friends or printed a Fake field trip permission slip in order to have an alibi for those 3day! IF she has will to deceive her mother it very easily could have been done! Especially if her mother was anything like mine, having a child like ME! HA!



  40. 40

    Are her parents divorced? Perhaps the father gave consent.



  41. 41

    She didn't step in when she having sex with a bunch of people, but now she steps in when there's money to be had.



  42. 42

    LOL. That woman is obviously a horrible mother. How was her child away/missing for days and she didn't even know where she was. And why in the hell wouldn't they get parental consent. Thats weird.



  43. 43

    where did her mom think she was when she was went to new york to be on the tyra show?

    her mother is stupid for suing

    they pick the best jaw dropping story for the tyra show, jerry springer, muary, etc.

    i dont even think tyra picks it, they just tell her.
    whats she supposed to say before the show starts? go home?



  44. 44

    LMFAO! I can't help but laugh at those who posted a comment about how a 15 year-old can't even get through security at the airport. Seriously, the security only cares about 2 things: 1) your plane ticket matches your identification card(driver's license, etc) and 2) If you are caring something that violates the rules of what to bring on the plane. DUH PEOPLE!!! I use to fly by myself at 11 and they (security) knew what I was up to (because I had to wear a certain necklace) but when I was 15+, they thought nothing much of me (because I didn't have to wear anything special) but as a passenger and I flew as STAND BY! They dgaf!!! ;)

    With the hotel situation, I can see them letting a 15 year old get in because the ROOM WOULDN'T BE UNDER HER NAME!!! Again, DUH! Who paid for her to get there and to stay there???? Ding-dong: NOT HER!!! So, this situation CAN be possible! She could've lied or the 'rent is lying. =D

    xoxo
    =)



  45. 45

    exactly, glamourextra. where was the mother during all this flying out to wherever and filming? It's her responsibility to know where her child is. Dumb broad.



  46. 46

    Ummm…what mother would let her child just disappear for a few days? Sounds like a negligent mother trying to cover her ass.



  47. 47

    i think this smells like tyra.

    she has been trying to be the new oprah for years.

    she is so trying to be the white/kinda black oprah.
    for years.

    i really believe any real black person would be ashamed of tyra . she is so ashamed of being black. she has for years tried to be as light skinned as possible.



  48. 48

    so how on earth did the 15 yo get to NYC and without the mom knowing about it? seems to me like Mom didn't ask enough questions!



  49. 49

    How can a 15 yr. old fly to NY for a couple of days w/o the mom knowing? This sounds like major B.S.