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Nigel Barker Sexual Assault Victim

4/13/2016 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nigel Barker was sexually assaulted when he was 8 years old, and kept the secret ... until now.

The "America's Next Top Model" judge went on SirusXM's show, "Gentleman's Code," to reveal a terrifying experience when he was a child.

The famous photog decided to tell the story to raise awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Karrueche Tran Confirms 'America's Next Top Model' Gig ... Or Does She?

3/24/2016 11:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Karrueche Tran had a slip of the tongue ... nearly letting the cat out of the bag about her rumored turn as an “America’s Next Top Model" judge -- or at least it appears that way.

Our photog caught Chris Brown's ex at Hollywood & Highland and asked if she'd be a regular when producers bring back the show sans Tyra Banks and J. Alexander. She double clutches on her answer ... so hard to tell if she's in like Flynn or still waiting.

You gotta watch ... there's no smizing without loose lips. Karrueche knows.

'Top Model' Judge Nole Marin Models Claim He Screwed Us Over By Faking Gout

2/18/2016 10:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021816-nole-marin-getty"America's Next Top Model" judge Nole Marin is being sued by a couple of models who claim he's more like "America's Top Swindler."

Devon White, who models for Yves Saint Laurent, claims in a new lawsuit, Marin booked him for gigs but only made small cash payments so he could buy food and other necessities. When he asked for his money, he says he got nothing but excuses.

The best excuse, according to the lawsuit ... a booking agent who is also suing Marin claims when he tried to collect his salary, Marin emailed him and said he was being treated for gout and needed extra time.

Another model, Iana Khanashevich, claims her primary language is Russian and he used English to screw her over. She says she's owed thousands.

Tyra Banks My Baby's Also Photogenic

2/14/2016 3:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyra Banks revealed her pride and joy -- showing the world what a top model baby looks like ... and he's adorable.

Tyra posted the pic on social media Sunday, captioning it, "This is the Happiest Valentine's Day of my life. York, Daddy @erikasla and I send you so much love."

As we reported ... the 42-year-old and her bf Erik Asla had a little boy with the help of a surrogate in January.

Mazel!

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'ANTM' Contestant Bloodied And Bruised After Scary Car Wreck

10/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1024-bello-sanchez-car-wreck-launch-tmz-01Bello Sanchez, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model" is lucky to be alive after a serious car wreck.

Bello tells TMZ he was driving home around 3 AM Monday after dropping a friend off from an after-party. He says he fell asleep at the wheel and his car drifted into another vehicle. He says he was not wearing a seat belt and the impact caused him to hit his head on the windshield, cracking it. 

The model claims he suffered a concussion along with several cuts on his forehead ... he also has muscle damage to his right arm and shoulder. We're told at this point no charges have been filed.

Bello finished in 8th place during cycle 22 of 'ANTM.'

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'America's Next Top Model' Star Tyra Banks Popped My Zits!!!

10/15/2015 12:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyra Banks had her models' backs on "America's Next Top Model," according to former contestant Don Benjamin

We ran into Benjamin, one of the finalists from Cycle 20, Wednesday at the Grove in LA, right after it was announced the show would be ending its 12 year run.

Benjamin had his thoughts on why 'ANTM' was throwing in the towel. He also had nothing but fond memories from his run on the show ... especially of Tyra, who knew no boundaries.

Let's just say her coaching skills went way beyond the booty tooch and smize ...

J. Alexander Caitlyn Will Be Bigger Fashion Icon than Kim ... But She Needs Walking Lessons

8/1/2015 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

America's Next Top Model star J. Alexander thinks Caitlyn Jenner will top Kim Kardashian in the fashion department by the end of the year, but walking is another story.

Miss J. was shopping on Rodeo Drive in Bev Hills Friday when our photog asked about Caitlyn's style. J. had nothing but praise, but would like to give her some lessons on stride.

Baby steps ... literally.

'Top Model' Contestant Robbed at Gunpoint In Broad Daylight

7/10/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0709-don-benjamin-tmz-01Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Don Benjamin hit up an art supply store in the middle of an afternoon, and ended up getting jacked for $3,000 ... at gunpoint.

A rep for Benjamin -- who was on Cycle 20 of the show in 2013 -- tells TMZ he was walking into a store in downtown L.A. on Wednesday around 3:00 PM ... when the attacker put a gun to his head.

Benjamin immediately forked over 3 grand in cash and the gunman bolted with another guy in their getaway car. He reported the incident to police, but was unable to give them a suspect description. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they are investigating, but so far ... no arrests.

'Next Top Model' Star to Ex You're a Menace ... Stay Away from Our Kid

4/30/2014 10:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille has upped the ante in her restraining order battle against her baby daddy -- she's now wrangled full custody of their baby daughter... at least for now. 

TMZ broke the story ... Eva obtained a restraining order against ex-BF Kevin McCall last month after he allegedly went on a rampage in their home, kicking down doors and trying to snatch their daughter from Eva's arms.

The restraining order barred Kevin from coming within 100 yards of them, but now Eva has been given full custody of their daughter ... and Kevin has been denied ANY visitation ... at least until a hearing next month.

Eva's rep tells us, "It is unfortunate that life has thrown a curve Into Eva's life but as a responsible parent and adult she's taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their child and herself."

Calls to Kevin weren't returned.

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'Next Top Model' All Smiles with Baby Daddy Days After Winning Restraining Order

4/8/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille can't make her mind up -- days after she accused her baby daddy of violently kicking down several doors in their home and trying to snatch their child from her arms ... she posed in a smiley photo with him.

Eva obtained a restraining order against rapper BF Kevin McCall on March 28th, claiming he went ballistic during an argument and chased her around their home, trying to take their 2-month-old daughter.

Eva claims Kevin kicked down 4 doors during his rampage and even threatened to punch her.

But clearly, something changed -- days later on April 4th, Eva was all smiles again, posing for a photo with Kevin and their daughter on Instagram with the ironic hashtag #familyfirst.

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According to the restraining order, Kevin's required to stay 100 yards away from Eva.

To each their own.

'Top Model' Runner-Up Arrested For Getting Her Swerve On

1/13/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0112_Kiara-Belen_gettyA finalist from "America's Next Top Model" was arrested Saturday morning in Hollywood -- after she got a little too swervy on the road, and got busted for suspicion of driving drunk ... TMZ has learned.

Season 19 runner-up Kiara Belen was driving in Hollywood when an LAPD officer observed her driving erratically, and pulled her over ... according to law enforcement sources.

The cop administered a field sobriety test ... and we're told Kiara performed poorly -- so she was hauled off to jail and booked for suspicion of DUI ... and someone bailed her out a few hours later.

Here's Tyra Banks' reaction to Kiara's arrest ... most likely. 

'Top Model' SHAVES HEAD For Court Showdown After Burglary Arrest

7/26/2013 1:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Troubled "America's Next Top Model" alum Renee Alway SHAVED OFF HER HAIR before facing the judge in her burglary case -- in an effort to convince the judge she's a changed woman.

Alway -- who placed 3rd on ANTM during Season 8 -- appeared in a Palm Springs courtroom Thursday stemming from a 6-hour armed standoff with police last month.

Nothing really happened during the hearing ... except for the debut of Alway's new haircut.

So, why the extreme new 'do? Alway's sister tells TMZ ... the former model wants to "start over" and believes the first step is a radical new look ... hence the buzz job.

Plus, we're told ... Alway hated the way her hair looked in her mug shot, which probably made it easier to part ways with her mane.

FYI -- Alway's been arrested at least 4 times this year ... so, if she REALLY wants to fix her life, it's gonna take more than a haircut.

She's due back in court in August.

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'America's Next Top Model' Star Family Begs Dr. Drew ... Please Save Her!

7/21/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Family members of "America's Next Top Model" finalist Renee Alway are deeply concerned the model's in too deep with drugs -- now they want to recruit the big guns to help, like Dr. Drew or Oprah.

TMZ broke the story ... Renee was arrested last month for attempted burglary -- after cops say she was hiding out in a Palm Springs home that wasn't hers. They also say she had a gun and charged her with possession of narcotics.

We spoke to Renee's sister who tells us ... Renee has a serious drug problem and can no longer take care of herself. She says she's homeless and the night she was arrested she was in "survival mode."

Renee's mother tells us ... the model's substance abuse has gotten so bad, they had to cut her off. "We stopped giving her money, which was feeding her drug problem."

Now the family just wants to see Renee get better, and say they need the best of the best to make that happen. Her sister says, "I am trying to find her some professional help. I would like to get her help from Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil or even Oprah."

Renee is currently behind bars at a correctional facility in Banning.


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