Tyra Banks Sued for Featuring Girl in 'Sex-Addict' Episode

Tyra Banks Sued for Featuring Girl in 'Sex-Addict' Episode
Tyra Banks
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updated 10/18/2010 at 06:20 PM EDT

originally published 10/18/2010 06:20PM

When 15-year-old Jewel Ciera Washington appeared on Tyra Banks's talk show in October 2009 as a self-proclaimed "sex-addict," no one was more shocked than her mother Beverly McClendon.

McClendon filed a $1 million lawsuit against Banks, 36, alleging negligence and violating a right of privacy. The lawsuit claims the mom never consented to have her daughter appear on the show. In fact, she says her daughter hasn't even been diagnosed as a sex-addict.

Stating McClendon "suffered damages as a result of the defendants' negligence," the court papers, filed Oct. 8, also allege the Atlanta-based mother "filed a missing person's report with the local police department" once she realized her daughter secretly fled her home.

A rep for Banks was not immediately available for comment.



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