VIDEO: 'America's Next Top Model' Sparks a Near-Riot
UPDATE: In a statement made to Us Magazine today, Banks says that this weekend's near-tragedy won't prevent her from giving every aspiring model in attendance a crack at the big time.
"To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition—we'll update you on our plans very soon."
Banks went on to state, "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!"
None of the challenges on America's Next Top Model have ever been as risky as this.
A casting call for the 13th cycle of ANTM ended in a near-riot on Saturday at the Park Central Hotel in Manhattan, with six injuries sustained and three arrests made.
The New York Times reports that the melee began when the hopefuls, all of whom turned out for host Tyra Banks' recent call for women 5' 7" and under, showed up in numbers far too large for casting officials to corral safely.
Several reports stated that tension arose when Top Model potentials were informed that they weren't allowed to get out of line without losing their place. Girls were supposedly forced to pee in cups while in line. Ewww!
Despite police setting up barricades, fights began to break out amid the assembled ANTM hopefuls.
And at the height of the confusion, a car overheating reportedly caused someone to scream, "There's a bomb!"—at which time a stampede broke out, with barricades being trampled and people being injured.
Want to see what the aftermath looked like? Watch the video below:
Two women and one man were booked on charges of disorderly conduct and inciting to riot.
Ty-Ty probably should have thrown on a wig and attended to this mess! Instead, she released a joint statement with ANTM producer Ken Mok.
"We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call for the next cycle of America's Next Top Model. At this time, we still don't know all the details of what happened or what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter."