Former ‘America’s Top Model’ Contestant is Suing Ryan Seacrest Because She Got Naked in Front of His Cameras

A quick rule of thumb for everyone out there, if you’re standing in front of a camera, don’t assume that the person filming with said camera will just throw out any footage of you changing in front of it. Try not changing in front of it. This might sound like one of those old ladies on TV saying not to send your partner intimate photos of yourself in case you get hacked, but I assure you this is very different. Take all the naked photos you want with your own camera, just don’t get naked in front of other people’s cameras and assume no one will ever see it.

This is what Kiara Belen did at a fashion show where Shahs of Sunset was filming, and she assumed she was in a “female changing area” when she got naked in front of the cameras for that show. Only she wasn’t, she was basically getting naked on a live set.

Deadline reported on the contents of the motion filed by Belen.

“Further, comments made by a cast member during the scenes in which Ms. Belen appears objectified Ms. Belen in an offensive way,” the 12-page filing asserts of the incident, which occurred backstage at a 2016 LA Fashion Week runway show featuring Sunset cast member Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, where seasoned model Belen was called a “bitch” by another cast member. In the “Hava Nagila, Hava Tequila” episode of the unscripted well-heeled show, the ANTM Cycle 19 runner-up was also captured on video changing in what she assumed was a “private dressing area” as the Bravo series’ cameras swirled around.

“The exposure of Ms. Belen’s nearly fully nude likeness is heightened due to the fact that at the time in which Ms. Belen was filmed while she was a few months pregnant with her daughter, and was dealing with the challenge of her body changing as a result, leading to a period of great insecurity,” the complaint (read it here) from James Bryant of The Cochran Firm California against Sunset producers Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ryan Seacrest Enterprises and NBCUniversal-owned cabler Bravo states. “The fact that Defendant exposed Ms. Belen’s pregnant nearly naked body to millions of viewers left Ms. Belen feeling completely violated.”

Now, they probably didn’t need to use that footage, but if you’re filming a reality show and someone walks in front of your cameras and goes “This must be the changing room, I’ll just strip on camera, nothing bad could come of this,” well, the law generally has a “reasonable man” standard and I don’t know if a reasonable man would think that getting naked in front of TV cameras would not result in a chance that you’re on TV naked.

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