VIDEO: 'America's Next Top Model' Sparks a Near-Riot

VIDEO: 'America's Next Top Model' Sparks a Near-Riot-photo


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."



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  • Miss Afro Barbie
    Miss Afro Barbie

    This information is completely inaccurate in regards to how the 'stampede' began and what transpired that day. Naturally there had been arguments and line jumping and things of that nature throughout the day, even short models can be catty =) but the melee did not occur until that car rolled onto the street smoking, inciting one of the girls to scream 'FIRE!' and cause the line to surge forward in an effort to get away from the car. Not 5 seconds later someone screamed 'They're shooting!' because the there had been 2 individuals accosting the hopefuls standing in line all day and threatening them. These men ran into the line as the girls tried to distance themselves from the car, creating further anxiety. Thus the chaos. As for the models showing up in numbers the casting couldn't handle? Get real. You call for models 5'7 and under in NYC to be on America's Next Top model and expect the UNIVERSE not to show up heels on?? C'mon Tyra, be serious. They should've been prepared for the numbers that turned out. And it may have helped if whoever was in charge of the casting had notified the NYPD before the event began and set up barricades! I didn't see a cop or a barricade until after 12:30 pm. And the casting began at 10am. Better care should've been taken to secure the location, maintain order within the lines, keep individuals not auditioning out of the area, and keep all those girls including myself SAFE!

  • fattie

    You chose the perfect picture for this post!

  • noah

    I smell foul play.