America’s Next Top Model was a drama-filled show, so you would expect there to be some drama associated with the series. However, I never would have guessed one of the show’s judges very well might have been swindling people outside of his TV work. A new lawsuit alleges that America’s Next Top Model judge Nole Marin withheld money from numerous people, including models and booking agents. The reasons he gave for not shelling out the cash run the gamut. 

We’ll kick off with the weirdest one, because we obviously know that’s what you are here for. According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, one of Marin’s booking agents claims the man put him off regarding paying him. When he attempted to collect his pay for work he had done, Nole Marin actually told him that he had gout and needed extra time to get the money to him. Even if the man really did have gout and really did need extra time to take care of paying his employees, there’s a long line of other people claiming Nole Marin abstained from paying money he owed. That long line of people are now all looking for individual paydays.  

There’s the model who says her lack of English skills caused problems when trying to secure pay from Nole Marin. That model, Iana Khanashevich, mostly knows Russian, and she’s claiming Marin used her language disadvantage to keep thousands of dollars from her. Another model, Devon White, says the man basically held her hostage, giving her money for food while she did modeling work for him. According to the lawsuit, he owes her money, as well. In an unrelated incident, Nole was formerly sued by a model who said he got too touchy feely. 

Nole Marin

Nole Marin has worked in the fashion industry for a long time. He was a judge on America’s Next Top Model for a couple of cycles during the show’s heyday and also was a part of Canada's Next Top Model. He's also popped up in some of Tyra Banks' other projects. 

We’ll obviously let you know how this whole lawsuit pans out. In the meantime, Marin’s former show has officially finished out its run and it went out with a whimper rather than a bang. Regardless, reports indicate that America's Next Top Model could live on in some other form. The reboot would need a facelift but it just might be heading to cable. Like this lawsuit, we'll let you know what happens. 

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