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Arrest Warrant Issued for "America’s Next Top Model" Judge Rob Evans

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tyra Banks(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Next Top Model judge Rob Evans has become America’s most wanted reality TV star, now that the Beverly Hills, Calif., police department has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Evans, a British male supermodel who joined the cast of the hit reality competition show this year, is being sought on charges that include battery with serious injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told ABC News that the warrant had been issued in connection with a March 14 incident that took place at the Next Modeling agency in Beverly Hills.  Hoshino denied reports from that a special fugitive team had been dispatched to track down Evans.

“We’re all laughing about that,” he said. “It sounds really cool, but we don’t have anything like that.”

Hoshino said that the Beverly Hills police had reason to believe that Evans, a former boxer, was in New York, and had notified New York authorities of the arrest warrant.

Bail attached to the warrant is set at $150,000, Hoshino said.

Calls placed to Evans’ rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

Evans replaced model and photographer Nigel Barker on the latest season of America’s Next Top Model.  Rumors have swirled that he and host Tyra Banks are secretly an item, but Evans told the Banbury Guardian that although they’d dined together, they were never “officially dating.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tyra Banks Hosts Flawsome Ball for Girls Club 

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tyra Banks(NEW YORK) -- Inside New York City's Capitale, Tyra Banks held court at the Flawsome Ball, a night to celebrate the work she's done with The Tyra Banks T Zone, a retreat for young women to empower and inspire them.

This year is extra special as the T Zone has now grown into The Lower East Side Girls Club, a brick and mortar hub for young ladies.

This is the 38-year-old model's first ball. She dubbed it flawsome -- flaws plus awesome -- because, "it's about things that are different: eyes that are too far apart, forehead that's too big, a little gap in your teeth, freckles all over your face, little dimple in your booty."

Banks told ABC News Radio on Thursday night's yellow carpet that, "those type of things that are not the typical norm are flawsome; are beautiful."

The new girls-only club, a green state-of-the-art facility, will feature a bakery, a science lab, a planetarium, and a technology center that offers audio visual equipment along with film making and editing classes for youth.

It's a project that actress Rosario Dawson is extremely proud of as a board member of the facility. "There's a gap here that the girls are falling through," the actress said of the women who will benefit from the girls club.

Dawson said she's proud of the work Banks is doing because "The philosophy is about embracing who you are and bringing that to the table in the most magnificent, powerful, strident possible way that you possibly can. [It's] so perfect."

The Flawsome Ball, an evening to raise funds to complete the center that takes up an entire city block, was supported by a number of celebrities, including Clay Aiken, Gayle King, Kelly Cutrone, Estelle and Victoria Secret model Chanel Iman.

Drake served as the musical guest, performing a number of his hits, including "Motto," "Make Me Proud" and "Take Care."

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Is ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Rigged?

Alexandra Wyman/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Next Top Model is having a rough couple of weeks: A few days after Wednesday’s dismissal of contestant Angelea Preston, it’s now dealing with accusations that the show is rigged.

In a recent interview, former judge  Janice Dickinson lashed out against the reality series -- which she herself became alienated from in 2005 -- claiming it was the advertisers, not the judges, that ultimately chose the winner.

"[I was] being conned,” the former model told JaniceTV. "Thinking I was actually helping judge a TV franchise … that my say had any input."

Dickinson claims it didn’t.

“You see, CoverGirl  are the people that choose the model, not any of the judges. Not Tyra. People don’t know that!”

Dickinson, who served on the judges panel for seasons one  to four, said that  was the reason she left the series, and blasted the show’s creator and  her former boss Tyra Banks.

“The fact of the matter is [Tyra Banks] makes like $90 million. She makes a lot of money per year still hawking that franchise worldwide -- they’re doing it in every country -- and it’s CoverGirl who chooses the winner.”

 CW, America’s Next Top Model’s  parent company, told US Weekly that Dickinson’s claims about the judging were “completely untrue.”

And some might wonder if Dickinson’s animosity is rooted in a larger feud between her and Banks.

Dickinson -- who at the end of the video told Banks to “eat a bag of royal skank”-- publicly attacked the supermodel-turned-mogul last year, describing her as “huge” and saying that she “used to think she was a man.”

While it’s no secret she’s not Banks’ biggest fan, Dickinson insists her recent claims are true.

“Yes, I have a distaste for her,” she reiterated to US Weekly. “In America you say the truth. On TV you can fabricate it, but eventually we all find out.”

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Tyra Banks Asking Court's Protection from Stalker

Photo Courtesy - Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tyra Banks has asked a Los Angeles judge for an order of protection against Marten Williams, Jr., a 39-year-old man she claims has stalked and harassed her and her family since 2006.

The documents filed in L.A. Superior Court claim Williams has left "ominous frightening letters and items" at Banks' home, including his prescription medication and an invitation to a wedding ceremony set for Jan. 8, 2011, when he believes he will marry Tyra, notes

Williams was arrested earlier this month for trespassing on the talk show host's property and later put on psychiatric hold.  Since he may have been released, Banks is asking the court that he be kept at least 100 yards from her and her family.

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Mom Sues Tyra Banks and Show

Photo Courtesy - Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Beverly McClendon is suing Tyra Banks and the producers of The Tyra Banks Show because McClendon's 15-year-old daughter appeared on a 2009 episode of the program that featured teen sex addicts.

McClendon says she didn't give consent for the underage girl to appear on camera and didn't realize she filmed the installment until it aired.  She says she filed a missing persons report when she couldn't find her teen, only to find out later that the producers flew the girl to New York City and put her up in a hotel so she could appear on the show.

McClendon is asking for $3 million, and for Warner Bros. Entertainment to block rebroadcasts of the show, which she claims put her daughter on camera for the viewing pleasure of, "sexual deviants, perverts and pedophiles," according to the suit and

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