'Top Model' potentials injured in stampede

Nov 30, -0001
NEW YORK: Six women received medical treatment on Saturday (March 14) and

three people were arrested after what local radio described as a stampede as

thousands waited in New York to audition for the reality show "America's

Next Top Model."

A New York Police Department official said two women and a man were

arrested on charges of inciting to riot and disorderly conduct.

WINS radio reported that chaos erupted outside a midtown Manhattan

hotel after a car belching smoke pulled up near the line of women late in the

afternoon, leading to a cry of "fire" that sparked panic. Witnesses

told the station the situation was compounded when a man leapt from a car and

began grabbing women's purses.

The police spokesman could not confirm the details of the radio report.

Police said six women in the crowd were treated after complaining of feeling

faint. Some of the women had lined up all night to audition for the show that

airs on the CW network and stars former model Tyra Banks.

Sidewalks were littered with chairs and sleeping bags from those who

waited overnight, as well as clothes and shoes abandoned in the rush of

screaming women, radio reported.

The auditions were for the show's 13th cycle of competition, for which

about a dozen contenders will eventually be selected. More auditions will

follow in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, according to the show's website. -REUTERS





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