UPDATE, 5/25/2017 7:15 p.m. EST: The producers of AGT have released a statement announcing the dismissal of the lawsuit, saying:
“The Doe v. Marathon matter is rightfully being dismissed. We take great care of all acts that cross the AGT stage and their families. Tyra has been an incredible addition to AGT with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence on the show.”
Sounds like they have Tyra’s back!
Well this is troubling.
In an 18-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, an America’s Got Talent auditionee is coming after Marathon production company claiming that her young daughter was “physically manipulated and verbally abused” by Tyra Banks!
According to the docs, Jane Doe alleges to have been “publicly humiliated” by AGT judges and members of the audience during her and her husband’s March 19 performance of a song about motherhood and her daughter, identified as Mary.
The adult plaintiff says that aside from being embarrassed in front of the cameras, producers got her daughter (who is a minor) to sign release forms without her consent.
The suit goes on to allege that Tyra got physical with Mary, even “pulling her hair back”:
“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. ├óΓé¼┬ª 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. ├óΓé¼┬ª As a result of her negative experience from AGT and Defendants’ abusive treatment, Mary was traumatized and became deeply depressed.”
The docs suggest Mary is now having some serious PTSD as a result of her parents seemingly-terrible audition and her interaction with the TV personality:
“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.”
A few weeks later, AGT agreed not to air any footage of Mary, but would not grant the couple’s request to withhold their audition altogether.
Jane is claiming intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress along with civil battery and civil assault.
You can ch-ch-check out the full suit HERE.