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Tyra Banks Hasn’t Even Made Her ‘AGT’ Debut & Already Hit With A Lawsuit + Two New Things We Learned About Sanna Lathan’s ‘Love & Basketball’ Role

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Tyra Banks is causing trouble for “America’s Got Talent” and she hasn’t even made her on-screen debut yet. Get those deets, plus find out two things we didn’t know about Sanaa Lathan’s “Love & Basketball” role inside…

Damn, there's drama on “America’s Got Talent” and new host Tyra Banks hasn’t even kicked off her season yet.

According to reports, a woman has launched a lawsuit against “America’s Got Talent’s” production company, Marathon Productions, that claims that her daughter was “physically manipulated and verbally abused” by host Tyra Banks.

Entertainment Tonight got their hands on the paperwork and the unidentified woman (referred to as “Jane Doe”) who filed the lawsuit claims Tyra “shook Mary’s [the woman’s daughter] shoulder, pulled Mary’s hair back and insinuated that Mary was accidentally conceived.”

The site continued:

"Mary did not stop Banks’ conduct because Mary was fearful," the suit claims.

Jane claims that this incident occurred "all in front of active cameras that were filming Mary."

The lawsuit additionally alleges that, "as a result of her negative experience from AGT and [the] abusive treatment, Mary was traumatized, and became deeply depressed. Mary would become extremely nervous and anxious whenever… she hears any mentions of [the] song… whenever she ruminates about the events during and related to the performance, and whenever she thinks about the prospective televised airing."

The lawsuit added that Jane contacted the show and asked that they refrain from airing any of the footage of Mary, Jane or her husband. The suit also claims that Marathon executives "acknowledged Mary's emotional distress," and promised that they wouldn't air the footage in its entirety.

The unidentified woman is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, civil battery, and civil assault. She also wants a trail by jury.

The f**kery is real already. Sheesh.

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If you’re like us, you’ve seen Love & Basketball a zillion times and you probably feel like you know all there is to know about the film and the cast. But, not so fast.

The movie’s lead star Sanaa Lathan and the film’s creator/director Gina Prince-Bythewood sat down with “The Six” co-hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith where they revealed two things we never knew about the classic romantic drama.  While promoting the series finale of their limited series "Shots Fired" the other day, they dropped a few nuggets.

Originally, Gina did not want to cast Sanaa as Monica Wright because she wanted someone who could actually play basketball. She said when she wrote the film, she was not going to cast someone who had never picked up a ball before. However, Sanaa nailed her audition -- after practicing nonstop -- and changed all of that.

Sanaa went through months of intense training for the part. In the movie, there’s a scene where Sanaa’s charcter is dribbling two balls at the same time. Sanaa said she practiced that move for MONTHS, but Gina ended up using a silhouette of her doing the moves so people thought it was a stunt double. Ha!

Peep the clip above.

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