“America’s Next Top Model” judge Rob Evans has turned himself in to police after allegedly beating up another man so badly, the guy ended up in the hospital, TMZ is reporting.
Evans reportedly turned himself in at the Beverly Hills police department Wednesday morning on a felony assault charge. He was released 25 minutes later after posting $60,000 bail.
As previously reported, a warrant was issued for Evans’ arrest following the fight in March in Beverly Hills. Details surrounding the fight are unclear. But sources close to Evans — a former boxer — tell TMZ, Evans was completely unaware of the warrant being issued until very recently. As soon as he caught wind of it, we’re told he contacted his lawyers who advised him to turn himself in.
As for the fight itself — sources close to Evans tell us the alleged victim was trash-talking Evans when he reared up as if to attack him, so Evans laid him out. Evans is insisting the punch was in self-defense.
According to TMZ, the British boxer-turned-male model is accused of beating up a man in Beverly Hills in March, leaving him with severe injuries. The “deadly weapon” part of the charge refers to his fists, due to his past as a professional boxer, TMZ reports.
The warrant was issued soon after the incident and Evans had been cooperating with police, but he is said to have stopped communication with officials in recent weeks, prompting the cops to dispatch a special fugitive team to now track him down and arrest him.
Model Rob Evans attends the Nicholas K Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2012 in New York City
The supermodel is the newest addition to the reality show panel, and has been romantically linked to host and creator Tyra Banks.
The new “America’s Next Top Model” judge, a replacement for photographer Nigel Barker, is a former boxer from Oxford, UK who was discovered two years ago when he was training for a fight. He has since appeared in Madonna’s video for “Girl Gone Wild” and is the face of CK One jeans and fragrance.
And he sure does make Tyra “smize.”
“We have this thing with Rob where he’s very difficult to look at for longer than three seconds at a time. No joke. You can ask all my crew,” Tyra told us. “There’s something about him where it’s like – so intimidating. But then you get to know him and he becomes family and very warm.”
(L-R) Lara Spencer, Rob Evans, Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone are during ABC’s “Good Morning America” at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 24, 2012 in New York City
In June, Radar Online reported that these two are actually dating. “Witnesses have seen the pair looking very much like a couple over the past days in California,” the gossip site reported.
At the recent TCA press tour, Tyra, 38, was gushing over the 24-year-old, saying how brave he was during last Friday’s season premiere for revealing his past hardships, which included homelessness.
“For somebody to be such an intense physical specimen, and to be so vulnerable and share his story – he couldn’t eat at one point, he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from,” said Tyra. “We have some girls that have this type of issue.”
The cynical viewer might look at the extra heaping of sad stories this cycle as a marketing ploy to keep viewers connected – a tactic that has worked on such shows as “The X Factor” and “American Idol.” “Top Model” has even added online voting and a ton of Facebook integration this year.
Below, Tyra says that declining ratings forced her to reexamine her entire approach to “Top Model,” including marketing and other business aspects that she picked up along with her degree from Harvard’s Executive Education Program.
The current Cycle 19 of “America’s Next Top Model” (featuring college students from across the country) airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW. Below, Rob and Tyra flirt during rehearsal for the season premiere’s judging panel.
*In the wake of an “America’s Next Top Model” shakeup that left Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and Miss J. Alexander without jobs, producers have added fashion blogger Bryanboy, a.k.a. Bryan Grey Yambao, to the cast for Cycle 19.
It’s not clear what his role will be on the series, but according to WWD.com, the Filipino Internet star will join Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and newcomers Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek in Los Angeles for the college-themed new season in some capacity.
Evans and Wujek were recently added as a judge and stylist respectively.
Along with the new judges, Cycle 19, which will air Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET, will have contestants at various stages of education, from college to beauty school students. The upcoming season of “Top Model” will also feature audience participation. Fans will be able to vote online at www.cwtv.com and choose their favorite contestants. Then, the judges will use these scores to help determine who gets kicked off the show each week.