A woman who only identified herself as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit on Monday against the production company behind the popular reality show, America’s Got Talent, after Tyra Banks, a judge on the show, allegedly abused her minor daughter.
Doe is suing Marathon Productions after her child accompanied her and her husband while they performed a song on America’s Got Talent in March. The mother claimed that the child was “physically manipulated and verbally abused” by Banks. The lawsuit alleged that not only were the plaintiff and her husband humiliated by the judges while singing a song about conception and childbirth, but that Banks coerced their daughter into rolling her eyes and acting annoyed at the song.
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The 18-page lawsuit, filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that staff members of America’s Got Talent convinced the plaintiff’s daughter to act embarrassed of her parents’ song for a better audience reaction. Banks is accused of shaking the child’s shoulders, pulling her hair back and pushing her to go against her parents’ tune, even though the child previously expressed that she loved the song. Banks is also accused of insinuating to the child that she was accidentally conceived.
The plaintiff claims that since the incident, the little girl has been under severe emotional distress, which affects her daily activities. The plaintiff is seeking a jury trial.
Banks and Marathon Productions have not yet commented on the lawsuit. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.
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