A contestant on the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent,” filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in an L.A. Superior court, claiming that the show’s new host, Tyra Banks, humiliated her during a recent taping of the show.

According to Variety, the contestant, who is identified in the lawsuit as John Doe, said that she and her husband performed a song during the March 19th taping. She and her husband performed a song about their bond with their daughter, who was identified as Mary.

Their daughter Mary was present during the taping when they were reportedly “humiliated,” by the audience and judges who criticized their song.

According to the lawsuit, Tyra Banks made matters worse when she allegedly made fun of their song in front of their daughter. The contestant also alleges that Banks “pulled her daughter’s hair back, physically manipulated her, and insinuated that the girl was accidentally conceived.”

The lawsuit claims “Mary was traumatized and became deeply depressed.”

Mary reportedly gets nervous or anxious whenever anything related or similar to the event comes about.

When appearing on a television show it is a usual procedure that the subjects sign a waiver form. The lawsuit alleges that the production company managed to get Mary to sign without her parents’ consent.

After the contestant’s complaint, it was communicated that Mary would not be aired on the show, but when the contestants asked for their performance not to be aired as well, their request was reportedly “refused.”

The lawsuit accuses Tyra Banks of “battery and assault and seeks damages for infliction of emotional distress.”


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Source: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/americas-got-talent-tyra-banks-lawsuit-1202442472/

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