Top Model's search for 13 beautiful contestants took a ugly turn on Saturday when hundreds of contestants waiting to try out for the hit show were caught in a stampede outside of Manhattan's Park Central New York hotel. Panic and chaos erupted after bomb fears were raised in the crowd (three people were later charged with disorderly conduct and inciting a riot). At least six people were reportedly injured in the model melee.
Top Model host Tyra Banks released a statement on Monday.
"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," she said. "We'll update you on our plans very soon."
She continued, "It is so important to me to redefine beauty and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream. I am beyond excited for Cycle 13; for the first time ever, young women 5'7" and under have a shot at becoming America's Next Top Model! 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!"
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