First up: Renee Alway. The model, who placed third on season/cycle eight of Americas Next Top Model, was arrested in 2013 after a six-hour armed standoff with a SWAT team in Palm Springs. Alway, then aged 27, was currently in Riverside County jail on a $150,000 bail, before being sentenced to 12 years in prison on four felony burglary counts and counts of vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm. She was also ordered to pay $58,679.58 in damages to her victims. The arrest and subsequent sentencing arose from numerous charges, including: burglary, fraud, narcotics possession, forgery, resisting arrest, and committing a felony while on bail. Apparently, her most recent scuffle with the law is at least the fourth time this year that Palm Springs police have arrested the former model.
Top Model Judge, Rob Evans, a British boxer and model, who you may recognize from the Fall/Winter 2011 Givenchy ad campaign, was arrested in October 2012 in connection with a felony assault and battery case that took place at Next Modeling agency offices in Beverly Hills, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
In November 2010, model Nicholas Hamman-Howe filed suit against former America's Next Top Model judge Nolé Marin, who is known for discovering top male model Sean O’Pry, for sexual harassment. Hamman-Howe alleged in his lawsuit that he met Marin at Marin’s apartment in 2007 to discuss the possibility of Hammam-Howe doing some underwear modeling and Hammam-Howe claims Marin came onto him, remarking, "It's a very sexual industry." He further alleged that Marin made unwanted sexual advances that date back to 2007 and continued until 2010.
Brandy Rusher, from America's Next Top Model Cycle 4, got herself in some hot water in May 2010 for resisting arrest. After her neighbors called the police about loud music coming from her apartment, Rusher reportedly “pushed, shoved and cursed at” the responding officers, later attempting to flee in order to avoid incarceration. The Houston police ultimately incarcerated the up and coming model and charged her with a misdemeanor.
Cycle 10 contestant, Atalya Slater, was arrested in February 2010, after a fight with a female partygoer at NYC club, 1Oak. Slater was reportedly involved in a physical fight during an argument over a jacket. According to sources, “Slater got physical during an argument over a jacket. This girl was trying to take her jacket from a booth when Slater started to grab it. She thought it was hers. They started playing tug of war over it, and then, all of a sudden, she started slamming the girl in the head.” The unnamed victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and Slater was arrested by the New York Police Department for assault and released.
Brittany “Bre” Scullark, who appeared on Cycle 5, was arrested in New York in September 2009 for disorderly conduct. Police were called when Scullark began arguing with a fellow Starbucks patron, who claimed Scullark had taken her laptop and would not return it. Police arrested Scullark after she initiated a physical altercation with the laptop owner.
Elyse Sewell (of Cycle 1) and her now ex-boyfriend Marty Crandall, the keyboardist for the Shins, were involved in a domestic dispute in 2008 that resulted in the both of them going to jail. Sewell described the incident on her Live Journal page, saying that while staying in a hotel in Sacramento, “Marty got shit faced" and became violent with her. She "escaped from the room through a blitzkrieg of violence," leading hotel security to call the cops, who arrested Marty and ultimately arrested her, as well.
America's Next Top Model Cycle 9 finalist, Bianca Golden, made the news after a fight with Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky in August 2008. Both were arrested and charged with assault with actual bodily harm – which carries a maximum two-year sentence – following a Wednesday altercation at the Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos. The fight reportedly started when Golden, her brother George and their mother, Elaine Clinton-Golden, removed Blonsky's luggage from a few chairs so they could sit. According to the Providenciales Police Department, "Things got out of hand in an argument over seats in the departure lounge, and several people were involved in an altercation.” Reports allege that Clinton-Golden was "repeatedly kicked and punched all over her body" and was subsequently airlifted for treatment to Miami.
Cycle 14’s Angelea Preston, 28, returned in the Cycle 17 All-Stars season and managed to make it into the final three before she was abruptly kicked off the show. At the time, the CW only said they “learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her.” Turns out, she had been working as a paid escort for a year prior to filming that season. In 2014, Preston, who is rumored to have won the All-Stars season before producers learned about her escorting, sued Tyra Banks for $3 million for breach-of-contract.
And finally, in 2012, Jael Strauss, who placed sixth in the eighth cycle of America’s Next Top Model, appeared on television show, Dr. Phil, to shed some light on the downsides of the show and her subsequent descent into meth addiction. Strauss’s very public saga prompted CariDee English, winner of the seventh cycle of Top Model, to pen a blog post about how difficult it is to be a Tyra Banks-approved “Top Model,” and what happens when the reality show ends and actual reality begins. In the post, English stated: “The show provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no ‘Tyra Mail.’ I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture.”
In certainly the most significant post-show tragedy, in February 2015, Mirjana Puhar, 19, was found dead as part of a triple homicide inside a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Puhar had appeared in 10 episodes of the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model a year prior. Puhar and the two men, Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, were found dead in what police are calling a drug-related shooting.