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Reality Teen Queen Sues ABC for Big Bucks

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A teen beauty queen who said she "feels sorry for people that are not gorgeous" is suing ABC for $100 million because she says her appearance on the reality show "Wife Swap" has ruined her life.

Alicia Guastaferro

In the lawsuit, 18-year-old Alicia Guastaferro says that after the 2008 appearance, she has suffered from panic attacks and has had thoughts of suicide. According to the N.Y. Daily News, she claims the show edited and staged scenes to "maximize public embarrassment."

Alicia claims that, after appearing on the show, she received death threats, was assaulted and was forced to transfer schools, court documents say.

In a clip from the "Wife Swap" episode in question, Alicia's family is seen fawning all over her and boasting that they spend upwards of $100,000 a year on her pageant habit. "If you don't have the best clothes, the best hair and makeup and the best tan, you're not gonna win the pageant," Alicia says. Her father says he would rather have a pretty daughter than one who is smart.

The suit claims that "Wife Swap's" producers told the teen queen to "act a little more spoiled" and staged scenes -- including showing a permanent Christmas tree in the home, allegedly placed so Alicia could receive daily presents. "[Alicia Guastaferro] does not receive a present every day," the suit says. The suit also claims that scenes showing her mother completing her homework are not accurate.

The teen also objected to one scene featuring her mother, Karen, serving her cereal. Alicia makes a face and sneers, "That was not your best cereal" -- and pushes the bowl away.

The suit says that Karen Guastaferro agreed to be paid $20,000 to be on the show, but that ABC and Disney never obtained the teen's consent.

Watch the clip and tell us what you think. She sure looks like a spoiled brat to us!



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47 comments so far | Post a comment now
Rosales March 23, 2010, 3:46 PM

They spent the $20,000 and now they need more. She probably wants to have some type of Plastic Surgery. I wonder if she plans on going to college?

Josh March 23, 2010, 3:48 PM

And consent, if at the time she was under 18 yrs old, which this article imlplies, then none was need from her and her parents gave consent. This type of drivel makes me sick and I hope that one day people like this will wake up and actually live life.

Anonymous March 23, 2010, 3:53 PM

This little Alicia-cow is enough to gag a maggot. Her parents as well. They all need a reality check. Throw this “lawsuit” out of court, it has absolutely no merit!!!!!

stacey March 23, 2010, 3:54 PM

Wow…both these families are totally fu*ked up.
The parents are not doing any favours for the kids by raising them as A} a spoiled self centered ditzy blonde or B} a femminst who has no idea how to deal with the outside world because they have been homeschooled and only taught from one perspective.
And I agree with what has been said so far, the beauty queen agreed to be on the show and no matter how much editing a show does they can’t make someone appear spoiled unless they are.

saskat March 23, 2010, 4:07 PM

Do people really think this girl is pretty? her jaw is all screwed up and the way she talks is creepy, almost like she is plastic. To hear her say that she feels bad for people that are not good looking make me think she must feel horrible about her own parents.. talk about 2 physically unattractive people. I hope her lawsuit is thrown out but that they fine her for a frivolous lawsuit. can’t wait to see where she is at 25.. living with her nasty parents while her looks go to hell.

Common sense March 23, 2010, 4:16 PM

I find it hard to believe that ABC doesn’t have consent forms for the entire family. People who go on those shows know that there true colors are going to be portrayed in a riduculous fashion. Why would you go on a show liek that in the first place. Alicia must need some more clothes, make-up, and presents and the family needs more money. It is sickening.

joyzz March 23, 2010, 4:20 PM


This girl needs less gifts and more trips to an orthodontist.

HatesPeopleWhoSparkle March 23, 2010, 4:43 PM

She probably won’t go to college because she’s too stupid. She had her homework done for her so she probably never learned anything other than how to be a spoiled beotch.

adelaide dancing March 23, 2010, 5:06 PM

surely she would have signed a disclaimer before she appeared on the show? but also, i can see how the producers would twist it around a bit to make it more interesting

Anonymous March 23, 2010, 5:40 PM

UGH, she looks like a plastic ‘tard.

Anonymous March 23, 2010, 5:41 PM

she’s too stupid to go to college because her mom does her homework.

Anoymous March 23, 2010, 5:44 PM

Bottom line…..What was aired was the naked truth! Now they see how UGLY and PATHETIC their life is. So the only way to defend themselves is to say that it was the show and the producers. Do you not have to sign a contract? Have you not seen previous episodes of this show? Did you really think you could have this kid thinking that the world revolves around her totally and nothing else matters? WAKE UP!!!

tonee' March 23, 2010, 5:47 PM

alicia is a dum as b**** who needs to learn the real world life is not about beauty it’s smarts no one can make u look spoiled only u can college is out of the question 4 her. Throw the lawsuit out wife swap is a funny show and if ppl had something to say about it they would aready y now

Anonymous March 23, 2010, 5:57 PM

Guastaferro’s I hope you are reading these. And I really, really hope you are not expecting sympathy for Mr Guastaferro being a sexist and Mrs for being completely insane. I honestly can’t comprehend the thought of you being awarded anything but a requirement for THERAPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would date one of the girls from the other family before I would come into the same state as this Alicia.

Blake

Anonymous March 23, 2010, 6:10 PM

Of course she wants money, she is a spoiled brat.

Robert March 23, 2010, 6:34 PM

I could only watch 3min. 52sec. of the show clip! What a disgusting family.

Kris March 23, 2010, 6:47 PM

Does she have an upper lip? I cannot tell!

BlooJae23 March 23, 2010, 7:25 PM

she may think she’s pretty and she may be popular but she’s ugly to me. Her personality and manners are something to be imbarressed for. just because her parents are ugly doesn’t mean that she has to make up for it. AND if the dad thinks that she’s going to be a dentist he has another thing coming. are they going to preform the surgerys and see the patients for her also?! what would she do if they died or ran out of money? and as for the other mom. kids need the interaction with other kids. they can’t make it in the real world if they don’t have the social skills they need.

Tracey March 23, 2010, 7:43 PM

who is willing to be money that her school saw this episode and then kicked her out for academic dishonesty…… and when actually tested she belongs in the special eduaction class so thats why she is there

BB March 23, 2010, 7:46 PM

Katlyn from the Boss family was much prettier than Alicia. I’m sure both families were exaggerated to a certain extent for the benefit of TV drama but I’m certain it was all based on facts. I work at a high school in an affluent community and see “Alicia”s everyday. And they really believe that they deserve all the pampering and that they deserve the $100mil that they’re suing for. They are sad, shallow people and I blame the parents.


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