Chaos errupts at the NYC Top Model Auditions
“It was scary,” aspiring model Sofia Tancredi said. “The girls were crying.”
Officials said the chaos Saturday afternoon, involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel, was prompted by smoke coming from an overheated car nearby that caused someone to yell “fire,” sparking a model stampede at the Midtown hotel.
Mere moments later, someone yelled about a man with a gun, leading to more running and screaming chaos. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with the would-be models’ shoes and clothing, according to news reports.
“People were screaming ‘fire,’ people were screaming ‘guns,’” aspiring model Imani said.
“Somebody screamed ‘bomb,’ so everybody panicked,” Tasha McKethan said.
Three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said. Authorities also shut down the audition, saying it wasn’t properly organized.
The popular reality show is hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, who also serves as its executive producer. The current season began March 4.
Her agent and publicist didn’t immediately return telephone calls.